As well as the author of the novel 183 Times A Year, I am also a published short story writer and monthly columnist and book reviewer for The Fens magazine. Born in Kent, I now live in a small Cambridgeshire town with my partner Steve, and the youngest of our four children, all of whom have been a constant and amusing source of inspiration for my writing! I have a degree in English and History and my career has been varied, including working in a Women’s Refuge and more recently at the city library. However storytelling through the art of writing is my true passion.
As well as writing, I love music and film and of course I love to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Many writers have inspired me from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Joseph Conrad to Angela Carter, Sue Townsend, Stephen King—and recently Anna McPartlin, Gillian Flynn and Louise Doughty. I enjoy stories that force the reader to observe the daily interactions of people with one another set against the social complexities of everyday life, be that through crime, love or comedy.
It is the women in my life, including my mother, daughters and good friends that inspired me to write my debut novel 183 TIMES A YEAR. A modern day exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and friendship set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.