I am an author of historical fiction and fiction that blends the past and the present. I write for a young adult audience but my books are enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike.
I was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and then studied Modern Languages at Oxford. During that time I spent a year in Mainz, in south west Germany, working as an English language assistant in a grammar school in Oppenheim.
After graduating I worked for eighteen months in one of Oxford’s academic libraries whilst I figured out what I wanted to do for a career. I went into computing and worked for Cap Gemini for eleven years, starting out as a programmer in Oracle and moving into project management and service delivery management. It was a whole new world for me and taught me many useful skills, especially project delivery and time management, essential for an indie author!
I first visited Berlin in 1987 when the Berlin Wall was still a harsh reality for the people living there. My first novel, Oranges for Christmas, is set in Berlin in 1961, and is about a family separated by the Berlin Wall and their efforts to be reunited with each other.
For The Sleeping Angel I found inspiration in the beautiful, haunting atmosphere of Highgate Cemetery in London. The novel combines a modern day YA thriller with a nineteenth-century tragic tale.
Scarborough Fair is a Victorian mystery and contemporary thriller set in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast, a place with many fond memories for me. The sequel, Scarborough Ball, is a 1920’s mystery and contemporary thriller.
I live in Oxfordshire, England, with my husband and two sons. When I’m not writing I enjoy singing with the City of Oxford Choir, swimming, yoga and gardening.