Born in rural Essex, United Kingdom, I've grown up surrounded by beautiful countryside and some very interesting characters.  Add to that the stories I could share from my time around horses and stable yards: I could seriously have chosen a completely different genre (I was fourteen in this photo).  But, I'm passionate about criminology and psychology and have studied both subjects as a mature student--I just had to write crime thrillers.

Due to a serious head injury (in 2014) I was unable to complete the final exams for my degree, which was devastating at the time, but I now feel I'm putting my knowledge to good use.  Life goes on!  I learnt early after my injury to make the most of life and to be grateful for everything I've been given--an easy gift when everything was so very nearly taken from me.

It's certainly been an exciting time in my life as I've emerged into my new career as an author!  Writing, for me, has been a way for me to focus during the considerable time it's taken me to recover.  My identity has changed beyond recognition and it is only through my determination not to be beaten by inability that I've fought back and have regained control of my life.

With the help of family and friends (old and new), writing has enabled me to regain confidence and find direction and with that comes a sense of accomplishment.  My journey towards a full recovery continues but it now feels achievable and winning a global award has certainly helped with that!  I will be chasing the adrenaline-fueled sporting dreams again one day.   For now I'm chasing my career in film which is just as exciting.

I'm mum to four amazing children and also to my son-in-law (who's actually been a part of my family since 2011) and my son-in-law-to-be (hopefully). The older five are grown up and at work or university and my youngest is at high school.  As a single parent for most of their lives, they've certainly kept me on my toes over the years.  They provide me with such joy, inspiration, motivation and support and I could not be prouder of everything they have become and are working towards.