I was born in Cardiff and have retained a deep love for my Welsh roots. I worked as a nursery teacher in London and later taught Deaf children in Croydon and Hastings.
I now live on the beautiful Isle of Wight with my husband, where I walk my cocker spaniel Pepper and write. I have two grown up children.
"Catching the Light" is a collection of short stories, which follows my debut novel 'Free to Be Tegan' (published in March 2015). It is to be the first of a series of novels set in Wales. The second will be set on the spectacular Gower Peninsula.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My writing is frequently has some basis in my own experience. My first novel "Free to Be Tegan" was inspired by my upbringing in a strict religious sect. The stories in "Catching The Light" likewise reflect some of my own experience. The "New Arrival "is set on the Isle of Wight where I live and walk my own Cocker Spaniel. The three other stories are based in Wales where I was brought up. .I taught Deaf children for a number of years and the story about Megan in "Belonging" was particulary moving to write.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously a few years ago after attending a Creative Writing course in the college here on the Isle of Wight. We were very lucky to have a wonderful teacher author Felicity Fair Thompson, who was very inspriring. Since then I have written daily , published my first novel and the book of short stories.