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