About Me

Why I Write

I have always loved writing . My earliest remembered work was a story about being a thermos in a lunchbox, written when I was five years old. So it’s a compulsion, although I had to make it pay during my external working years by becoming a technical writer and editor.

I’ve always loved to read, whether it’s Austen, Tolstoy, or J.D. Robb. And I especially love to read mysteries, starting with childhood favs Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown.

So writing things for other people to read? Sign me up, best job in the world! I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it for you. And make sure to join my email list if you want to hear more about the writing life (and get a free novella as well as other goodies!).

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My Background

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I attended San Jose State University and earned advanced degrees in English and Library Science. I minored in Anthropology, and also have certificates in interior design, technical writing, and people and project management. Yes, obviously I’m a big fan of education.

In the working world of Silicon Valley I was a knowledge manager,  technical writer and editor, information architect, and children’s librarian. After marrying a Yorkshireman and moving to the UK, I worked in public libraries and for the NHS in the field of knowledge management before finishing my pre-writing career managing the library at York St. John University. I am currently owned by two cats, Cordelia and Winifred, although I’m the first to admit it’s an unequal relationship in which they receive almost all the benefits. But I also have a husband to help me fulfill their insatiable needs.

Other Things I Love Besides Writing

Here are some of the things I love and which will inevitably creep into my books and stories: