I was born and brought up in London before moving to Suffolk. I love books and always make sure to have plenty in the house. I am like a child in a sweet shop when visiting Ipswich Institute, my library, and often come away with ten or more. I love history and have a bookcase full of new and old favorites. However, an avid reader from the age of four, my go-to books are always the largest on the shelf, regardless of genre. Over the years, thoughts of writing a novel would often take hold, and plots would swirl inside my head. I would note them down before convincing myself that I didn't have the time, and into the shredder, they would go. When I retired I took up crafting and sold handmade bags, owls and decorations at Craft Fairs. However, the idea of writing never left me and once started I found the process a joy and a puzzle, my characters often seeming to take over and leading me where they will.