Lynda grew up in Leigh, Lancashire and moved to London at the age of 18 to study drama and education. She was part of Broadside Workers Mobile Theatre in the 80' and directed Young People's Theatre at Jacksons Lane Community Centre. She taught Drama and English in comprehensive schools and in Pupil Referral Units for many years.
In Looked after Boy, Lynda hoped to tell the story of a much neglected group of young people, those in the care system. She wanted to describe the intense connection Joe, the protagonist, feels for Tottenham. Lynda is the Artistic Director of Tottenham Theatre, a vibrant community theatre that serves the diverse communities of Tottenham. Lynda has devised and directed numerous plays based on lived experience - a play for Camden Festival in which young Palestinians tell of their lives on the West Bank, a play about the footballer Walter Tull and an intergenerational play 'Up on the High Road' about journeys people have made. Most recently, she has worked with young refugees stuck in Calais.
Lynda set up Acting OUT, a therapeutic project which uses drama to help traumatised young people. She is a freelance trainer in Social and Emotional Learning and has developed training courses specifically for foster carers. Lynda and her husband were foster carers themselves. Lynda has one son and is looking forward to being a grandmother. Looked After Boy is her first novel and grew out of her personal experience as a foster carer and teacher but the novel itself is entirely a work of fiction.