I am a mother and a grandmother who has enjoyed creativity in many forms throughout my life. My love of writing began at school and I wrote poetry and short stories throughout my time at college. I studied Art and English Literature, qualifying as a teacher in the seventies, which led me into a long career in education. After working in the classroom for a number of years, I became a Headteacher and then worked as an Education Consultant before retiring. I started writing again at that time to combat boredom and keep my brain cells well oiled. It was then that I decided to write “So Many Secrets,” my first novel.
Born in County Durham, I left the area at the age of eighteen and only returned four years ago after living and working in Yorkshire for many years. I live in the beautiful village of Brancepeth, surrounded by green fields and wide open spaces. My cottage is set in the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor House which is steeped in history. There is no shortage of inspiration for writing from my immediate environment with its Castle and beautiful Norman Church to the rich industrial heritage of the North- East which offers endless opportunities to explore.
Born into a small mining community, I grew up surrounded by strong characters and life changing events. My parents knew the value of education and gave me loving encouragement throughout my childhood ensuring success at school. My father, a talented artist himself, was unable to pursue his dreams but was determined to ensure I was able to make the most of the chances that life offered me.