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. On any visit to our library I am like a child in a sweet shop and often come away with ten or more. 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, when out running story plots would swirl inside my head. Returning home I would note them down, before convincing myself that I didn't have the time and so into the shredder they would go.
When I retired, I was asked the age old question, what are you going to do now? I remember replying flippantly, write a book of course. I took up crafting instead and sold handmade bags and decorations at Craft Fairs. I then turned my attention to my family history and got totally lost in the past. Spending so many hours researching, finally gave me the impetus to start writing. I found the process a joy and a puzzle, my characters often seeming to take charge, the notes I had written, ignored.