Witch, shaman, author. Also healer and rabid knitter. Runs an orphanage for abandoned teddy bears and adopts stray animals. Travels around Europe and lets off steam by riding her motorbike
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My very early childhood was based in London before we moved to Cornwall. That gave me an insight into city life but the historical Celtic background of West Penwith woke me to the witchcraft and magic that has stayed with me throughout my life. I don't think Shaman's Drum would have been written without that experience. The year we spent living in Hawick I was bullied mercilessly at school because I had an English accent which showed me what it is like to be an outsider, exactly like Riga.
When did you first start writing?
Honestly? I can't remember. I know that they gave me a book at school when I was about six and I didn't like the ending so I re-wrote it for myself. I suppose that was my first venture into fan-fic. After that I wrote all the time just to share with friends. I recall having a lot of time left over at the end of a maths exam (probably because I was useless at the subject and could not answer half of the questions) so I used the rest of the paper to scribble a story. Unfortunately it was a bit spicy and the teacher collected up every piece of paper at the end of the time ... I believe it did the rounds of the staff room later.