Now retired from a busy working life that didn't allow much artistic creativity I'm revelling in doing something I love. I trained as a scientist and it's such a joy to think I might be able to write creatively.
I've always read crime novels and it seemed the natural genre in which to write. My early teenage years were spent working my way through my father's bookshelves crammed with Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, although now I enjoy Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Elizabeth George.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a small town in Lincolnshire, England, and it was a long time ago - quite frightening really. I was a keen reader - if I couldn't find a book I read the back of a cereal packet. But I was lucky that my father was also a keen reader and had lots of books. Perhaps the books weren't entirely suitable for a growing child (lots of Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler) but I lapped them up and I'm sure that early experience contributed to my preferred reading now (mostly crime novels) and, of course, my own writing.
When did you first start writing?
Not until a few years ago. My marriage of over 30 years broke down and I took it hard. I started to write a diary to keep myself sane. I told myself I wouldn't remember the detail of those bad times, and for some reason I thought I should. That diary led to my first book which was non-fiction called His Midlife- Your Crisis and written under my other pen name of Ali Marston. And so I suppose I have my ex-husband to thank for leading me into writing. Once I'd started to sell a few copies of that first book I decided to turn to fiction and produced Unexpectedly Back on the Market, and now I'm writing crime novels. I've just finished my third and I'm beginning my fourth.