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This is where I tell you about myself and my writing.

Before becoming a writer I worked in various posts in Banking, Finance, Insurance and lastly at an organisation working in the Criminal Justice System, all good backgrounds for stories. I started my writing career when I was made redundant and, like most writers, started with short stories. I attended creative writing classes and joined a writing group. I was lucky enough to be writing  at a time when Women’s Magazines were open for submissions from new writers. Sadly some magazines have now closed their doors to writers they have not previously published. A sad state of affairs for new writers.

However, if you’re a reader of women’s magazines like Woman’s Weekly, The Cappuccino Collection MEDIUM WEBTake-a-Break Fiction Feast, People’s Friend or Yours magazine you’ve probably read something I’ve written. My stories have been short-listed in several competitions, including the Ponsara Prize and the Strictly Writing competitions in 2010, the Sid Chaplin Short Story Competition in 2011 and the Skyros/Writing Magazine Holiday Competition in 2012. I’ve put 20 of my favourite stories in The Cappuccino Collection available here.

Experiencing some success with short stories (over fifty published) I moved on to novel writing. Having an interest in history and in particular the Victorian Era, I decided to base my characters in the nineteenth century when life was very different and the gap between the rich and poor much wider. Life was also much harsher. I write about poverty and prejudice in Victorian Society.

My latest book A Girl Called Violet is the second book in the Hope series.

The first in the series, A Girl Called Hope, was inspired by hearing about my husband’s family history. It’s about a family’s struggle while living in a pub in London’s East End. More books to follow!

You can read about my books on the book page here.

Three novels, three Wishing Shelf Finalists Medals. Yay!

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Thrilled to see The Guardian Angel at #1 Bestseller in Victorian Historicals. Made it into the Top 100 Paid as well. Yay!

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Here are some examples of my  magazine publications.

Thrilled and delighted to announce that I’m Writer of the Week for The People’s Friend Magazine for week commencing 4th February.  My three part serial The Watercress Farm is being published by them from 9th February. Read about it here.

My story Close of Play is in Yours Fiction Special out this month. This was first published in 2016 Yearbook. They must like it to give it a second outing.

Other News:

20161228_111054I’m delighted to be a calendar girl for Ingram’s 2017 Self-Publishing Success stories. September looks good.

Watercress AleI found this while researching The Watercress Girls. A health drink do you think?

My fun poem about writers’ groups is featured on the Womagwriter’s Blog. You can read it here.

I featured my books in Jane Davis’s Virtual Book Club. You can read my interview here.

I am  an Author Member of The Alliance of Independent Authors an organisation which connects and supports Independent Authors. If you’re a writer and you are looking for advice and support I recommend ALLi as the organisation to join.  Click on the link in the sidebar to go to their page or click here

When I’m not writing or promoting my books I enjoy spending time with my family.

If you have read and enjoyed my books and are kind enough to leave a review on Amazon this would be much appreciated.

What’s next?

I aim to keep writing and follow my passions wherever they may lead me.