I spent years as a teacher and headteacher in secondary schools, but began writing novels in my early twenties. After publishing academic articles, books and reviews, I finally returned to my first love, writing fiction. My first published novel, "Morph", won the Lakeland Book of the Year Award for Fiction in 2019. It's classified as Young Adult but widely read by adults and book clubs. My second, "Anna and the Snake Queen", aimed at Middle Grade readers, came out during lockdown in 2020. My novel, "If Dreams Should Die" was longlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award 2023. I'm awaiting publication of my most recent novel, "When the Killing Comes Home," and am writing a sequel to "Anna and the Snake Queen" called "Anna and the Shrivelling." The writing never stops.