Although I’d always enjoyed writing, I didn’t start doing it seriously until I was in my mid-twenties and pregnant with my first child. I live in Cheltenham now but from 1988 until 2003 I lived in Halifax, a small town in West Yorkshire surrounded by fantastic hills. My first book Timeline:Women in Power (Dryad 1988) was published the year we moved to Halifax. It was a non-fiction book for Keystage 4 students about the role of women in British history and it was fascinating to research. Soon after writing it (when I was pregnant for the second time - I think there must be something creative about all those hormones!) I began work on I Carried You On Eagles’ Wings which was my first novel …and I’ve been writing fiction ever since.
Since the early 1990’s I’ve been regularly visiting schools to do Book Week days and writing workshops. I love reading my work to groups of young people and getting their feedback and responses. I also find that talking to readers sometimes gives me new ideas. During this time I’ve also worked as a Creative Writing tutor for adult learners and as a Toddler group leader and Church youth worker.
Since being a teenager I have been a practising Christian and my faith is very important to me, both in my personal life and in my writing. It underpins the way I view life and gives me a sense of the power of people to change and grow and make new starts. I think that stories can give us glimpses of the deepest kinds of truths - about ourselves, and the universe in which we live, and about God.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy cooking food for friends, going for walks with my dog Moss, going to the theatre or cinema, taking photographs, salsa dancing, reading and watching TV with my three sons… who are now all bigger than I am!
Some of the things I get most excited about (many of which feature in my writing) are islands, beaches, conversation, good food, the natural world, prayer, sunsets, friendship, trees, justice, mountains, equal opportunities, babies, and watching my children playing sport.
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