I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing, and my dream was always to be a published author. I first submitted a novel to a publisher when I was fourteen. They didn't publish it, but an editor sent an extremely kind letter encouraging me to keep writing. I'm so glad I followed her advice!
It was back in 2014 that I spotted the Accent Press and Woman Magazine competition for new unpublished contemporary women's fiction writers, with the prize of a publishing contract. I decided to enter my novel, 'French Kissing'.
I posted off my entry just before the November deadline and told myself not to think about it. Then, in January 2015, when I was least expecting it, I got a phone call to tell me that I'd won the competition and that 'French Kissing' would be published in the summer - I'll never forget that incredible moment! Fast forward five years and my third novel, 'There She Goes' has just been published.
My family and many of my friends work in the theatre and film industry, both as performers, backstage and behind the camera, and I find their world fascinating. I also love visiting the theatre, especially West End plays and musicals. For a while I'd know that at some point I wanted to write a novel set in the world of showbusiness. 'The One That I Want' and 'There She Goes' are both part of a series of stand alone novels set in London's Theatreland. The books can be read in any order.
I live in North London with my husband and have 3 adult children who live nearby. When I'm not writing or reading, I can usually be found at the theatre or exploring a foreign city - with a writer's notebook, camera and sketchbook in hand.
Never give up on your dream because dreams can come true.