I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be writing fiction. I came to writing late. I wasn’t looking for it or expecting it. It came out of the blue. Following the death of my husband my brain closed down and after several empty, frustrating months my local Hospice introduced me to the Writing Group which gave me the boost I needed resulting in my brain reawakening but this time filled with stories.
CHAIN REACTION is not my first publication. Between 1986 and 1989 I researched and compiled A Survey of Suffolk Parish History for Suffolk County Council. A study aid aimed at those who wish to pursue their own research into local history and which is still in use in local libraries and Record Offices.
I am a private person. I prefer to stay behind the curtains and I’m not very good at self-promotion. Someone recently described me as being the most visible, invisible person they knew. Having said that being visible does not come naturally to me.
I have a degree in history and social science and thought my future would have lay in the field of research and factual writing. Instead I am writing novels and poetry. I have self published one book of poetry called Reflections and have sufficient material for another two. The discipline of writing poetry concentrates the mind and relaxes the spirit.
I didn’t start writing CHAIN REACTION with any idea of how it would turn out. The story evolved on its own. But once I’d started I realised I wanted to challenge the readers pre-conceived ideas of life and death but at the same time to leave them feeling comfortable, safe and invigorated with their ultimate opinions.
I love 60’s music and much to the chagrin of my children, I am an enthusiast for the music left by the late, great Billy Fury. In my opinion an under-rated and overlooked talent of British rock n roll and simply great ballads.
I enjoy travel and exploring new countries. I have been extremely privileged in having been able to visit many exotic places during my lifetime and to experience things that not many people ever do My husband took me on one hell of a trip and the memories will live with me forever.
I have qualifications in construction and spent 20 years with hard hat and hi-viz in the back of my car as I travelled around building sites. Now I give voluntary support to St. Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds as a way of thanking them for their help and support during the most difficult period of my life.
I enjoy tennis, golf and snooker as long as it’s from my armchair.
My favourite author is Barbara Erskine If I could write to a standard of that calibre I would be very happy. It is something to aspire to.