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I have always enjoyed writing, starting with a winning essay in a Primary school competition when I was ten years old. I was subsequently educated at Withington Girls’ School, Manchester, where the emphasis was on academic subjects and I put away any writing ambitions until much later.
In 1990 when my daughter was sixteen I went with her to a writers’ group where I was encouraged to try again. I did continue to write short stories and articles.
2005 - I self published (10 copies only) of an account of my breast cancer treatment diary, including emotional as well as factual details. It was intended as a guide for what actually happens to your body and mind following the diagnosis.
2008 - I became President of my local Women’s Institute and produced monthly newsletters as well as writing reports and speeches.
2009 - I completed NaNoWriMo with a novel called ‘Alternative Lives’, which is currently on its fourth draft.
In November 2010 I part completed a further NaNoWriMo novel called ‘How did I get here?’
but didn't complete it due to the pressures of the course I was taking, having moved to Cornwall to undertake a full time MA in Professional Writing
I have had more than a few issues to deal with in my life, first marriage and motherhood then developing epilepsy at the age of 39 while getting divorced in 1995. I then went through a period of working at a wide range of jobs, giving me a wonderful range of characters and situations to draw from. I coped with being overwhelmed by debt, ending a relationship with a very unsuitable character and being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Subsequently I built my way back to good health and a well paid and respected job. Unfortunately I felt like a square peg in a round hole. In 2010 I resigned from my job to devote myself to the task of becoming a published writer by studying for an MA in Cornwall. I completed 2 units of the course but found it disappointing and returned back to Manchester to work on developing my writing of fiction and non-fiction.