I was born at the tail-end of the 1960s in Portsmouth, where I spent my formative years attending the Solent Road and Springfield schools. After brief spells living in Worthing and Dawlish, home is now a lovely cottage in a small village on the outskirts of Dumfries in Scotland, which I share with my husband, 2 dogs and cat. From my study window I enjoy delightful views of a castle ruin which helps fuel the imagination.
I started writing in my final year of school, continuing over the following decade to hone my craft. It would be a further decade before I published my debut novel, Master of the Scrolls, in 2005. This was a heavily reworked version of one of the manuscripts I wrote in the 1990s, as were Portrait of Shade and The Five Tors, published over the following 2 years. My first quartet of books ended with The Master of Prophecy, a newly written sequel to my debut.
There followed an 8-year gap before I released my next book.
During a bout of ill-health, I was challenged by my husband to try something new, and so Death on Swift Wings was a departure from my previous books, being a cosy crime novel set in 1950s England. This first book in the Gertrude Harrington Mystery series was followed by the next two in the series, Murder by the Book and A Small Dose of De’Ath. The fourth Gertrude Harrington novel, Maid for Murder, was published in 2020 and also serves as a prequel to the books in the main series.
11 years after releasing the previous volume I also released the long delayed third volume of The Sawyl Gwilym Chronicles, The Master of Time. I have also published Seven Steps to Murder, a murder mystery written in the first person and in the present tense, so that the reader is taken along for the ride by the narrator. These were possibly my most difficult novels to write, the former because I stalled twice with writer’s block (which was a new and unexpected experience for me, and was not at all pleasant) before finally finishing the book, and the latter because it was an experimental style of writing that threw up its own problems and challenges.
There are more Gertrude Harrington novels coming over the next few years, as this is where I am presently concentrating my writing, but I can also confirm that we haven’t seen the last of Sawyl Gwilym! I am in the early stages of planning a further trilogy featuring the nefarious Storm Lord, although there may be another long gap before he finally resurfaces to wreak havoc once more.
From an early age I have been a voracious reader, and although I don’t especially have a favourite author, I do love the books by Agatha Christie, Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Erskine, James Herbert, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, JK Rowling, Jilly Cooper & Jackie Collins. And I still like Enid Blyton too! So, quite a diverse range of genres!
I love history, and my favourite periods are the Tudors & the Stuarts, and the 1940s & 50s.
I also love animals of most kinds, but not spiders or wasps.