I am a Devon girl returned to her home town after twenty years away, dragging my husband and three kids with me. The kids are now teenagers and we also have two Tibetan Terriers.
I had many jobs, including working in Greenwich dole office and pounding the streets as an Avon lady, before becoming a teacher. I specialised in early years in south east London and then in Worthing.
I got a bit bored in Sussex and took a creative writing evening class which led to an MA which I did at Lancaster University by distance learning from 2002 - 2004. I got the writing bug and fell in love with the novel.
My first breakthrough was in 2006 when The Generation Game won the Yeovil Literary Prize as a work-in-progress. My second novel This Holey Life was runner-up of the Harry Bowling Prize in 2008. Finally, The Generation Game won the Luke Bitmead Award in 2010 and was published by Legend Press in August 2011. This Holey Life was also published by Legend in 2012. My third novel, Bright Stars, was published in October 2015.
I am part of CreativeWritingMatters, a writing school based in Exeter, but with international reach, run by the wonderful Cathie Hartigan and alongside Margaret James. We offer manuscript appraisals, mentoring and workshops. We administer the Exeter Novel Prize and the Exeter Story Prize, as well as other writing competitions.
Agent: Broo Doherty
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