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, for equally good reason I'm passionate about criminology and psychology and have studied both subjects as a mature student--I just had to write crime thrillers.

It's certainly been an exciting time in my life as I've emerged into my new career as an author!  Writing has been a way for me to focus during the considerable time it's taken me to recover from my head injury; a journey recorded for all to read in LOST SOUL.  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.  With that comes a sense of accomplishment 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 as is setting out to fulfill my goal to help others by speaking out about mental health.  It is a time to talk for mental health matters and it is a subject close to my heart: my injury has left me battling PTSD and seizuresThrough my brand Getting Your Life Back I hope to make a difference.

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.