I grew up in a one parent family in North East England, living with my mum Jeannet and my brother Michael. I did all the normal things as a kid, climbed trees, and garage roofs, spent hours gossiping in the tent in the back field with my mates, and always wrote. Since being really young, perhaps my earliest memory is of hand writing small books, stapling the sides and giving them to teachers and other people as gifts. I also read constantly, Enid Blyton was a particular favourite, but I loved the Hardy Boys and books by Willard Price too. Obviously as I aged, my book choices aged with me, and I was drawn to the likes of Patricia Cornwell and Jonathan Kellerman through my late teens. I did well at school, and back then didn’t know what I wanted to do other than my life-long wish to work for the Police. After damaging my knee it became apparent I would never become a police officer, so I enrolled at University of Teesside in 2004 and began studying. I passed my Bsc Crime Scene Science in 2008 and began working in the forensics field. I found it to be challenging and extremely satisfying, seeing things I could never have imagined, or rather probably had imagined in some way or other but it was very different when it was brought to life so to speak! My already active imagination began working overtime, and I chose to complete my MA Creative Writing whilst working full time. I passed my MA in 2011, using the first 20,000 words of my first novel as a thesis. Since that time I have completed a short story, Escape, and my first novel, With Deadly Intent, which was published in April 2016 by Caffeine Nights Publishing (http://www.caffeine-nights.com).
I was then signed for a 3-book deal with Bloodhound Books – book 2 in the linked North East Police Series, I’ve Been Watching You, was published on 24th June 2016 and book 3 in the series, Time To Play, is available for preorder now. I am in the process of working on book 4 in the linked crime series.
I read as often as I can, and my taste still bends towards the crime genre (surprising huh?) – big fan of Karen Rose, Mo Hayder, and David Baldacci among a melee of others. I enjoy speaking with like minded authors, or just authors in general, and quite often get asked to proof-read final copies of friends books before they go to print. I love interacting with readers and getting to know them, their likes and dislikes and learning constantly.
I still live in the North East with my wonderful, extremely patient husband Peter, who supports me in everything I do and believes in me wholly. My aims for the future at the present time, are to keep doing signings, keep attending various writing festivals and interacting with lovely readers and authors. And to write. Lots. And read. Lots.