I was born in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester, close to some magical places like Stile Woods and Alderley Edge. I spent many happy hours exploring them, and the beauty and mystical qualities they offered have been part of my enduring love of the natural world; something you will probably pick up on in my novels! I am also inspired by the complexity and depth of human relationships - such as the way we can carry guilt and regret around with us like old luggage, but also have the power to move on and change. I suppose you could say I'm an old fashioned optimist who ultimately believes in the strength of love and the human spirit. The writing bug has been with me pretty much all of my life, starting with winning a competition at the age of seven for my poem about a Salmon! My ultimate ambition is to give back some small portion of the joy I have got from reading great stories by writing some of my own. I studied English and Media at the University of Sussex and have worked in kids playschemes, run volunteering organisations, run the newsroom for a local TV news programme, and even trodden the boards, in a play written by and starring the late Brian Behan. For the last thirteen years I have run a scheme for the local council that helps people get more active for their health and well-being. I live in Brighton with my husband, kids, step-kids and a menagerie of pets, including a seagull that has adopted us and a tarantula called Doris! As well as writing I love cooking very hot curries, going on long walks and sitting in cosy pubs - but then who doesn't?!Read more Read less
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