I'm a Brit living in Australia and also spent 5 years in the USA. I'm married to a writer, and we have a young daughter and two cats. I've worked in a curtain shop, a private detective agency, a Department of Defence publishing office, and as an audio tech for a fashion show. Nope, those things have nothing in common! Most recently I worked as a textbook editor for a major publisher. I wrote two science fiction romance novels a few years ago, and now I'm writing the Wynter Wild series, a contemporary family drama about siblings, rock music, pancakes, and the occasional igloo.
Book 1 - Little Sister Song
Book 2 - Out of Tune
Book 3 - Rhythm and Rhyme
Book 4 - Lost Melodies (coming soon)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My brain keeps me awake at night generating new scenes and playing them in my head like a movie. Writing these ideas down before I forget them gets me out of bed!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a family to take care of (husband, daughter, cats) and a house to occasionally clean.
Beginning with Little Sister Song, the Wynter Wild series follows the story of a teenage girl who grew up isolated and escapes to find her real family. She and her siblings bond over music as she learns about the outside world.
Wynter finally has the home she always dreamed of--a ramshackle farmhouse on the mountain. Her experience of the world is growing, with her brothers to guide her at every step. But one of them is running away from a shameful secret. One by one, her other successes are falling apart. How will Wynter cope when her desire for a unified family and a simple, safe life are under threat?
Wynter has lived on the outside for eight months, and she's growing stronger. She begins to open up to her brothers about her childhood and gains confidence in dealing with the world. When a horrific accident threatens to tear everything apart, her dreams of a happy family may be destroyed. Meanwhile, Joy reveals a secret, and the family dynamics head in a new direction that no one asked for.
Wynter is struggling to find her place in the world. Now in foster care, her only desire is to move home with her brothers. While she finds success by putting together a rock band with some boys at school, she fails at the social rules required to befriend the girls. When Wynter discovers the world won't bend to her will, she takes matters into her own hands.
Wynter has spent her entire young life behind a chain-link fence in the middle of the Arizona desert. She escapes and finds the family she never knew she had--three older brothers who were abandonned by their mother, just as she was. They bond over music but there's no happy ending. Her adult siblings have problems of their own, and they'll have to fight to keep her.