A Bit About Me
I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and I write uplifting women’s fiction — “love, laughter, and happy ever after”. I grew up in the East Yorkshire town of Hessle, where my enduring love for all things Yorkshire was born. I now live in Kingston-upon-Hull with my husband and our much-loved German Shepherd dog. Since the centre of Hull (or ‘Ull as it’s fondly known) is only around four miles from Hessle, where I grew up, I suppose the kindly and imaginative people who told me I’d go far in life weren’t talking geographically.
Since giving up my admin job in a medical practice, I seem to spend a lot of time assuring my family of five children, assorted in-laws and hordes of grandchildren – not to mention a sceptical mother and a contrary hairdresser – that writing full-time is a proper job and I haven’t taken early retirement.
I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, drink too much tea (Yorkshire Tea, of course), am a devoted Whovian, adore Cary Grant movies, and admit to being shamefully prone to all-consuming crushes on fictional heroes.
I have a sneaking ambition to write crime stories one day – not the blood and guts type, but the sparkling golden-age type stories of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers etc. Knowing me, though, I’d have to add lots of humour. I just can’t seem to help it. One day I’ll give it a go!
What I Write
I write stories of finding love, home and friendship. My books are romantic but fun, and a happy ending for my main characters is guaranteed – though I like to make them work for it!
As well as full-length novels I’ve written a short story and two pocket novels for DC Thomson. Four of my shorter “Feel-Good Novels” have also been published in large-print format by Ulverscroft, as part of their Linford Romance Library, with a fifth due for publication in December 2019.
My 2017 novel, Resisting Mr Rochester, was awarded a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award and I’ve twice been an Amazon KDP All-star author .
Where I Write
Mostly I write in my “office”, which is actually the spare bedroom. My lovely husband, daughter and daughter-in-law all recently helped me to redecorate it and fit new furniture, and I’ve made it very pretty and a bit vintage-looking, which I love. It’s nice to have somewhere so lovely to work in.
Why I Write
After years battling severe anxiety and depression, writing has given me a new lease of life. Because of it, I’ve made lots of new friends, I get out and about after many years of barely stepping out of my door, and I’ve grown in confidence. More than anything, I love spending time in my fictional worlds, seeing what my imaginary friends are getting up to. There’s no better job – that’s the truth of it. As Charlotte Bronte, the author of my all-time favourite novel, Jane Eyre, said so beautifully: