I was born in London, but was brought up in Sherwood, Nottingham, very close to where I now live once more. I studied Music at Bristol University but pursued a career in libraries and information work, which included several years working abroad with the British Council. An interest in travel and languages has been constant.

After continuing my professional career in London, I returned here in 1999, and was delighted and fortunate to find a very active writing scene. I completed the MA course in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University in 2006, and later joined the Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Society of Authors.