I was born in South-West London and educated at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) and London Guildhall University where I gained a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish and, later, a post-graduate diploma in Law. For several years I worked in the publishing industry before retraining as a lawyer and also writing the first draft of Swimming Upstream. My career as a lawyer took precedence over my writing career through the nineties and early 2000s. I was horrified by the many miscarriages of justice that had occurred in Britain during the seventies and eighties, and I found that I cared strongly about social justice and wanted to do something to help. I also discovered that writing was a powerful way of connecting with others and eventually found the time to pick up where I’d left off.
I now live in Oxfordshire with my husband and two children. I still practice as a criminal defence lawyer and juggle that with writing and raising the children. My eldest child was born with a severe learning disability, which means that he is also physically disabled (the two often go hand in hand) so it’s been tough! I’ve written about this, amongst other things, on my blog page if you’d like to know more.
Things I love: writing (of course!), long walks in the countryside, by the sea or around London, reading great books (women’s or psychological fiction – the kind of thing I write) and watching good movies – preferably accompanied by a bit of cheese and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my favourite book and Thelma and Louise is my favourite movie. I love American movies generally and am fascinated with the American landscape and lifestyle as well as the people. But I also love the friendship between the two women in that film and the way they fight against injustice and chauvinism.
Swimming Upstream is my first novel and was published by Booktrope Publishing on 12 December 2013. The sequel, Swimming Home was published in November 2014.