I was born and educated in Oxford, the youngest of three girls. My parents nurtured my love of books and my imagination from an early age. I have been writing since I was able to put a pencil to paper and could string together a few badly spelled words with crayon pictures of princesses and their princes alongside the stories. But as I grew, so did my writing both in quality and maturity. Today I write for others to read because I want my imagination to come alive for them. Mostly I write teen fiction because I have a great deal of experience interacting with children and teenagers as part of my career. But also because I am a mother of four, and after spending years talking and listening to them and their friends, I believe I have gained a wonderful insight into the way they act and interact. They are my inspiration.