I live in a tiny Northamptonshire village with my lovely husband and a bossy cat.
My route to becoming an author was rather unconventional. With my own children fully grown and living in towns far from me, for many years I volunteered at my local primary school listening to the children read.
I was compelled to begin writing by a little girl who lacked confidence and was struggling with her reading. According to her teacher, she was getting little support from home and was uninspired by the books that were on offer. She wanted to read a story about a prince and a princess who lived in a castle and loved horses.
That day, I couldn’t get this little girl out of my head I set about writing her a story that I hoped she would enjoy and so the first of my tales was born.
The rest of the class got to hear about it and the boys wanted to hear another one – this time, introducing a ‘baddie!’ I hadn’t written anything since leaving school but I was encouraged by the children’s appreciation.
Since then, I have become a Granny and I was motivated to get the stories in print so that my grandchildren may also enjoy them.