My first foray into writing came when I wrote a poem at 7.
Night is drawing in
And the day has lost its din
And while we sleep
The Animals creep
And hunt for food
In their hungry mood
I couldn’t stop writing when I was a nipper. I wrote wherever my pen could make its mark and especially at the back of my school books. The lady who taught maths, in junior school, even asked if I wanted more paper to write on. At 10 my mother bought my siblings and I a guitar for Christmas and so I made up a tune to go with that poem. I loved the rhythms in music and I adored painting and drawing too. I would draw anything with straight lines, like churches or other imposing buildings.
Favourite authors at that time were Enid Blyton and I had every book of Agatha Christie on my shelf.
My mother used to moan when I was madly scribbling all my thoughts down before I forgot anything. ‘Get outside and do something healthy.’ she used to quip, trying to push me out the door. My two English teachers said I should go into journalism, an idea I toyed with.
I wrote and read in equal measure. In reading, it felt as though I had an insatiable appetite for the thrilling escapism and amazing journeys of all sorts of books, whether fact or fiction. And writing became my own journey into the lives of my characters and their situations. I love writing children’s books; I love writing, full stop; I also love the research of both articles and fiction.
My work has been critiqued, articles have been accepted for magazines and local newspapers, my children’s books have been self-published. In 2017 I did two fantastic weekend courses at West Dene College for Arts – Crime Writing with Elly Griffiths and Lesley Thomson and Character & Perspective in Fiction with Isabel Ashdown – each of these successful authors were incredibly inspiring and uplifting and taught me a lot. I always seek to improve my skills and I read lots of different genres.
My children's books include Roodery's Birthday, Thibault Goes Missing, Christmas on Troglodyte Hill - the Troglodyte Trilogy, followed by The Adventures of Solly Polly & Georgie Porgy, The Phantom Puma and finally Maisie's Dream, with which I had a book signing in Waterstones in Jersey in 2008.
Below are my adult books, The Woman Who Kept Everything and The Afternoon Tea Club, both published by Avon Books at Harper Collins. My remaining 3 books are published by Amazon Kindle, The Making of Robert Moony, County Lines Road, Being in Love With You.