I dropped out of school aged fifteen, because being the consummate rebel, I hated it! After becoming a single parent I decided to return to education, graduating in 1996 with an honours degree in primary education. Ah, the irony!
As soon as I graduated I packed everything I owned into my Renault 11, including my daughter, two dogs and a cat, and headed off to Estonia to become an international school teacher.
After travelling the world for a wonderful fifteen years I returned to Scotland where I now live with my rescue Springer Spaniel, Brockie, and Fingal the Portuguese cat.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can honestly say that writing saved my life. I was really ill - cancer, and a particularly nasty one at that! The side effects of the treatment left me in a pretty bad state. I could no longer teach, or work in any capacity, and my life had suddenly completely changed. I didn't recognise myself. Not wanting to sit around and mope I turned to the Open University and studied creative writing. I discovered I could write, and write well, receiving distinctions in both the standard and advanced courses. My life had purpose again. Writing became what kept me going, kept me active mentally and healthier in every way. I could escape from my situation into the lives of those I wrote about - brilliant! I am now completely absorbed in the whole writing thing. Loving every minute of it. Loving life! Now 5 years cancer free and officially cured with a career I love to boot. How fantastic is that!
Describe your desk
I don't work at a desk but on a pile of cushions. The upside is it is fabulously comfortable. The downside? Well, I have to struggle to secure my place in said cushions with my two dogs and cat. The dogs are quite happy being beside me, which is lovely once we have settled into position. The cat however HAS to sit on my lap, turning my laptop into a precariouslybalancedonkneetop. Then when smaller dog wants attention he taps the keyboard with his paw or nudges my hand with his nose. Patience and perseverance is a required attribute at my 'desk'!
3 Ukrainian street-kids with nothing but each other stumble on a bag of cocaine belonging to the Mafia. Hitman Leonid will stop at nothing to retrieve the cocaine and kill the children. Failure isn't an option. Naive expat Nadia gets involved and all of them will need to find more strength and courage than ever if they are to survive. When you have nothing left sometimes something magical happens.