I was born in Northwich, a small market town in Cheshire, England. I have one elder brother and three younger ones and always considered myself their equal (this has come in very handy). I left school at sixteen and began work as a Civil Servant dishing out retirement pensions to the mostly grateful public but soon grew tired of the paperwork and so made the radical step of giving it up to train as a nurse in Manchester, home of the famous football clubs. Nursing taught me a lot about human nature and gave me confidence and the pleasure gained from helping people.
Then came marriage and studying part-time and eventually university and three children and two grandsons. I lived in California for two years and then back the UK where I worked full time as a lecturer/manager and after many years that were enjoyable as a lecturer (the students were great), I made another leap into the unknown and now spend my time writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm not very good at inspiration first thing in the morning so rely on my dog Daisy to shame me into getting up and taking her out for a walk.Then I get inspired by views of Ben Lomond and early morning birdsong.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I go to the cinema a lot and spend time with family and friends drinking coffee and every six months or so I take five weeks off to visit family in California and Belize where I have a great time.
When Lily sees a leopard hiding in the long grass in her back garden, she makes a decision which takes her and her dog, Archie, on a long journey of discovery. They are faced with many comical challenges on the way as one thing leads to another – which often happens when you have a leopard to consider.
Ten year old undercover super sleuths, Rosie and Tommy and their sidekicks, a super clever sheep, nicknamed Brains, and a duck, called Puddle, set off to collect a top secret parcel. But before they get very far they find themselves zooming across space to an alien planet where they meet dangerous creatures, survive high speed chases and at last solve a mystery.