Born in Bolton and raised in Zimbabwe, I have lived and worked in several countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
A keen animal and nature lover, I almost trained to be a vet but decided instead to stick with words.
I've been scribbling away since childhood – first poetry and short stories, then surreal prose poetry and screenplays, and finally venturing into children’s books in 2015.
One of my most useful writing tools is my dream diary – six volumes of scrawls and doodles, kept since 2002. I try and do most of my writing in the early morning, on first waking, when dreams (my writing coffee) are freshly brewed.
I now live in Kent where I beachcomb for interesting combinations of words and run a sanctuary for naughty mowls. Much of my philosophising, pondering and plottery is done while walking the coastal path that looks out over the English Channel. I have two brilliant stepsons and a much-loved nephew in primary school.
Three interesting facts about me:
I piloted a plane some time before I first got in the driving seat of a car.
My fondest holiday memory is holding hands with a wild green turtle when diving in Oman.
My most-played song is Spanish Flea.