You can read about my books and how I ended up writing them on My Books page.
I was born and brought up in Liverpool (well, Halewood, actually – which is just outside Liverpool), though I now live in East London with my husband, my daughters and the world’s neediest cat.
I left Liverpool to study English at Oxford University with an absolute certainty that, in the words of Gerry and the Pacemakers, Liverpool was the place that I always would stay. But in my very first week at uni, I fell in love with the man who became my husband and things changed. He was a Londoner and I was a Scouser, so we initially compromised on Birmingham (amazingly, that is actually what we did – though the fact we’d both got jobs in the Midlands may have been a factor as well…).
But after a while, the gravitational career pull of London took over for both of us, and we settled in Walthamstow, East London, which I absolutely love (and make sure gets at least a passing cameo in every single book). Since then, we have had two children who have been the biggest part of my life- in ways which are mostly wonderful and occasionally terrifying. That’s been the subject of much of my blogging for the last decade (the word cloud at the bottom of this page doesn’t lie).
Becoming an author has been a joy that I never expected. I talk a bit more about that here.