With a degree in history and a career in specialist education, writing a novel is not so divergent a choice of occupation as it might at first seem.
Setting up a school for children with dyslexia and language difficulties after my own childhood spent wrestling with the condition, history has flowed through my veins from the moment I became aware of the past in my family's historic home town of Stamford, Lincolnshire.
My all-abiding love of history, language and learning came together in my debut novel - Mortal Fire - the first of a series of romantic thrillers published by Monarch Books in the UK in May, 2012, and in August 2012 in the United States.
Despite the inevitable isolation of writing, publishing a book is the art of collaboration. In the early stages of publication I met Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse. His endorsement of Mortal Fire, and his on-going support, has been one of the highlights of entering the literary sphere.
As work on the The Secret of the Journal series continues with the release of the second book, Death Be Not Proud in April, 2013, Mortal Fire has been nominated for two awards: 'Best Adult Romance', ForeWord, USA, and 'Best Novel', CRT, UK.
When not writing, I run a writing group, and combine a continuing interest in education with giving talks to groups, and mentoring students.
Now I divide my time running my school in Kent and writing in the south west of England, a life I can only describe as living between the here-and-now and the never-never.