I was born in South London and lived there, except for short detours to Surrey and Bedfordshire, until moving to Peterborough twelve years ago. Three children from my first marriage, and two boys coming into my life thirty-six years ago when I married my second husband, have produced many weddings and seven grandchildren and one great-grandaughter. This, with all the accompanying ups and downs, has been drawn on for the realism of family life depicted within the pages of 'The Last Resort' my first book.
Starting creative (very) writing as a nine-year old in journals, I wrote whenever I could, but since retiring have been able to concentrate fully on my creativity. Also, many short stories have been written as a diversion from my more serious novel writing. At the moment I am completing a fifth novel.
Twenty or so years, first as a successful newspaper photographer and then as a freelance, has provided me with a great insight into real life dramas. This in its turn has helped to give my writing the realistic edge that I try to achieve. The publication of ‘The Last Resort’, my first novel, has become an enormous achievement and hopefully its success will enable me to publish, my other completed works.
My second novel - ‘Rabbits on the Lawn’ is a sensitive story of how a much younger sister helps her brain damaged brother to reach his potential in life.
'Ruby's Misfits', my third novel, digs into my early years, growing up in war-torn London. And then later it uses the experience that I gained in all walks of life as a newspaper photographer for much of my working life. This gives insight into disasters and real-life dramas that I was often called on to photograph.
First hand experiences of the war-years are swiftly becoming lost which is why I think that 'Ruby's Misfits' is an important piece of social history as well as a good read.
I am Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Writers’ Groups. (NAWG) A member of New Writers UK, and The Peterborough Writers Circle, who are affiliated to NAWG.
I won the NAWG Trophy for the Best Novel Opening in 2010 for my fifth novel, which is not yet finished.