A retired teacher, I am originally from London; lived in Cologne, Germany for nearly eight years, and the Republic of Ireland for two years, where I gave birth to my daughter. I have lived in North Norfolk in the UK for twenty three years.
Reading and writing have been a huge part of my life since I was very young. I used to write mainly poetry, moved on to short stories, and finished my first novel for children aged 8+ at the beginning of this year: a ghost story set in London in the Second World War. I am currently writing a novel for older children, another ghost story, this time set in North Norfolk.
I am an examiner and moderator for English and English Literature, and a volunteer at local libraries, leading Bounce and Rhyme for babies and toddlers, as well as a Chatterbooks reading group for older children. Contact with children keeps me young and alive. I can't wait to have grandchildren.
Our two cats run wild in our overgrown garden that is also occasionally home to deer, hedgehogs, owls and dragonflies, and a huge variety of other birds and wildlife. I can see it all from my desk; it's peaceful, green and food for the imagination.
Apart from being a huge Radio 4 fan, I love music, theatre and anything in the horror genre.