I was born and bred in south-east London, in a flat just up the road from where I live now, in fact. I gave my mum a lot of hassle, and she might say that I still do after all these years.
I went to Dalmain Primary School, then Sydenham School (where my children's book Rosie and the Sick School is based). I stayed in the 6th Form and gained a Diploma in Business Studies.
After that in 1988 I did a year's YTS programme, then a month part-time at Guy's Hospital. Then I got a permanent job in the Student Registry, and there I worked until 2010 when I was made redundant.
I first started writing about 1990, when I had a recurring dream and decided that the only way to get it out of my system would be to write it down, and I've been writing on and off ever since.
Several years later I decided to take my writing seriously and in a Writing Magazine I read about the Romantic Novelists' Association and their New Writing Scheme, and joined. My first submission came back with a critique.
I have since had lots more critiques from the RNA but I'm not giving up. I plan to return to that first manuscript in the near future to rewrite it. I briefly joined the RWA when I started to write romantic suspense but stopped when I started writing romance and children's books.
I also write short stories for small press magazines and then in 2004 I was shortlisted in a Writing Magazine Crime story competition, and in 2005 came second in a Writing Magazine writing for children story competition, and thought maybe I could write for children. So in 2006 I started a correspondence course and half way through that I wrote the first four chapters of my first children's book and Rosie was born!
In 2010 I was made redundant, and concentrated on my writing. In 2011 I became an indie author of ebooks. Also in 2011 I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome with anxiety, and clinically diagnosed with Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome II. As well as being an indie author, I now help new authors get writing, improve their writing and help them publish their works as ebooks.