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I was born in Taunton, Somerset, lived in Minehead until I was six and then moved to Wimbledon. I still consider myself a London girl at heart, although I’ve now lived in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, for 35 years.

For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid reader and lazy writer.

I would read cereal packets at breakfast, newspapers at mealtimes (if I could get away with it) and novels long into the night.

My writing comprised short stories, brilliant paragraphs of stunning prose which never developed into anything, lots of doggerel for friends and family occasions and then my first proper book.

I owe my journey into print to my husband, Mike, who forced me out of procrastination and into a daily slog.

Except that it wasn’t. Once I buckled down to it, the writing came easily and in next to no time I had 88,000 words and not a clue about creative writing.

I remedied that online and with dozens of helpful guides. A ferocious self-edit followed and my book was ready for publication.

“No Going Back” was my chance to tell my mother’s story and the background she came from before death, or dementia, saw the details lost for all time.

For that and other personal reasons, I chose to self-publish and worked with Troubador Publishing to produce the finished article.

Most reviewers ignore self-published books, so I’m proud to have sold nearly 500 copies without any additional support from the industry.

I’ve now completed the sequel to “No Going Back” and I’m hoping to find an agent and/or publisher willing to take me on. - Please see books page for the sequel blurb called the Reckoning

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