About the Author
‘Writing has touched my life in every decade. At fifty, I took a risk and made writing my career, fulfilling a lifetime ambition.’
I enjoy writing blogs, book reviews and especially stories. Vivid imagery, atmospheric settings, strong females and sensual males are essential for my stories. Everyday life and ordinary people inspire me. How would someone react, if faced with something extraordinary? A thread of romance runs through my all my books, whether they be suspense, fantasy or historical.
I want to let my readers escape their lives for a while, experience new places, new people and most importantly, new emotional lows and highs My favorite parts of the writing process are; finding a person, event or place that makes me want to write a story about it and the writing itself; when your fingers cannot type fast enough, to transcribe your thoughts.
Family is very important to me. My two children are my greatest achievement to date.
I am an animal welfare supporter and regularly use social media to promote animal welfare issues.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It’s so long ago…I think I wanted to be a nurse first and then a vet, as I love animals but unfortunately my science and maths wasn’t good enough. I did always love creative writing but it wasn’t until I was nineteen that I realised I would love to write.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Retire to the countryside or the coast, walk my dogs, write and try and help others.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Salad, fruit, milk, cream, cheese, Quorn, lots of sauces.
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be and why?
I don’t like zoos; the animals always seem so sad and are kept in unsuitable conditions. I am a strong supporter of animal welfare and believe animals are not here for our entertainment.
My favourite wild creature is a bear, they are lovely to look at and know how to have fun.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
If we are talking inanimate objects, then it would be my laptop.
If we are talking people and pets then, my family and lovely dogs.
What made you sit down and start writing a book?
I love to read and I have always enjoyed writing creatively, so I thought I would have a go. I wrote a couple of books in my thirties but it wasn’t until I was fifty that I started writing full time.
Are you working on anything at the moment and are you able to tell us anything about it?
The Dangerous Gift, a romantic mystery thriller is my latest release.
After a tragic plane crash kills Jennie Taylor’s guardians, she returns to her childhood home—and her first love, Jared Stewart.
At just eighteen years old, Jennie had left the Unicorn Ranch in Texas to seek a life in the outside world. But she wasn’t just running toward independence. Heartbroken and confused, Jennie fled her home after Jared harshly rejected her on the eve of her birthday.
Now she must choose between making a new life on the ranch she has grown to love, or returning to her simple but empty life in England. The choice seems obvious at first, but nothing in life is simple…
Jared is forced to share control of his beloved ranch with the woman he wants but can’t have.
When Jennie receives an anonymous note, she goes to Jared for support. But what she finds is more than she was prepared for, driving the two further apart than ever. When an old friend is murdered and suspicious accidents escalate, endangering Jennie’s safety, Jared becomes her reluctant protector.
Jennie knows Jared is hiding something, but does he really want her gone from the ranch? And if so, could he be the one behind the ominous threats?
Determined to prove Jared isn’t involved, Jennie turns detective. Can she succeed in her courageous but reckless investigation…or is the truth a dangerous gift she won’t survive?
Past Shadows is my latest book. It’s a historical mystery romance with a paranormal twist; set in Regency Derbyshire.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I’m not sure if these are interesting but I love to write facing a window, so I can look out as I write. Writing in the open air is also a favourite thing, if the weather is warm enough. I’m easily distracted by blogging, reading and book reviewing and tend to write my books in intense sessions rather than on a regular basis, even though I try to.
What do you think makes a good story?
For me, a good story needs; great characters, a well paced, interesting plot, a memorable setting and lots of surprises.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? If so what is it?
I would never write a book that included animal hunting. I was asked to review such a book last year and I declined, even though I loved the author’s other books.
What does your writing process look like?
It varies. I work best, if I can outline the book; then I sit down and let the characters tell their stories. I edit as I go along, mainly because there are sometimes long breaks between my writing sessions and I have to refresh my memory about what has happened so far.
Where did your love of books/reading/writing come from?
From my mother, although she wasn’t a writer, she loved books and read widely. It was a love we always shared.
How do you feel about eBook vs. print books?
I love my Kindle. It’s so easy to read books on it, although I’ve had a few heart stopping moments when I’ve read in the bath and nearly dropped it. Soggy pages can be dried, wet circuit boards, not so much. I do like the look of print book covers and how they look in a bookcase but for reading I’m an eBook lady.
Have you had writers block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Yes often. I either leave writing that story for a while. Or I write anything down, even if it’s not what I want to say, because it’s much easier to edit, if you have something to edit.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad?
Yes I read all my reviews. I share the good ones but I would never respond to bad ones, it’s just one person’s opinion. I always find the positives in a story when I review but not everyone is the same.
What advice would you give to future writers?
You’re never too old to start. If you have something to say, keep going, even if you only enjoy limited success. If you love writing it’s worth doing.