About Me

I grew up in a pretty Thames side town a few miles from London.

My first success as a writer came at school when I won a hymn writing competition. The prize was an Easter Egg.

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Itchy feet took me to Zambia at the age of 20 where I was an active member of the Lusaka Theatre Club (best supporting actress 1968!) and met my civil engineer husband whilst he was playing John de Stogumber in St Joan, and I was the pageboy to the Earl of Warwick. He swore it was the purple tights that got him. We lived in Qatar, the UAE, Kenya, Botswana and Bahrain.

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I started writing when my children were in preschool, writing stories for the children’s picture paper, Twinkle and the iconic childrens’ radio programme, Listen With Mother.

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My first romance, An Image of You, was published in 1992. I have since had 75+ books published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, Scarlet and Tule and has sold more than 15 million copies.

I have been nominated for many awards (full list), including the prestigious RITA award eight times, winning with The Best Man & the Bridesmaid and The Marriage Miracle, and the RoNA Rose five times, winning with A Family of His Own. (PUT IN LINKS)

I have recently moved to West Sussex (it’s Pooh Bear country) and I am badly missing the garden I created with my late husband. My ground floor apartment has a neglected courtyard garden and I have been busy planting spring bulbs, shrubs and roses, to create an outdoor space where I can take my laptop on warm days.

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I hate exercise of any kind but have started weekly aquasize classes – it’s energetic, but my feet don’t hurt and I don’t get sweaty!

If I had to choose between giving up chocolate or cheese, I’d give up chocolate. However, I have no intention of giving up either.

Spare time is spent with my grandchildren, reading, and meeting fellow writers.

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