Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had something to say and I’ve always written.
I was born and raised in Lancashire and after leaving school I undertook a variety of jobs – from office work to teaching in Further Education, from managing a Training & Advice Centre to being an outreach worker for Women’s Aid. So it’s fair to say my working life has given me the chance to get to know all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds; a definite asset for anyone looking to write for a living.
Amidst all of this, I was also raising a family, whilst at the same time working towards a BA (Hons) in Women’s Studies. The latter being something that finally encouraged me to take my writing aspirations more seriously. I then went on to obtain a MA in Television & Radio Scriptwriting, which fortunately led to my being chosen by the BBC for their New Writers’ Initiative – a break that culminated in the opportunity to work on their continuous drama series, Doctors.
Even so, this still didn’t stop me continuing to dabble in the world of prose and testing the waters with a bit of poetry and a few short stories, I was lucky enough to garner a modicum of success through publication. And so began my journey into book writing…