I’d wanted to write a novel for many years, (I actually wrote one when I was much younger but it was pretty dreadful!) and despite getting an English degree I ended up working in finance which doesn’t leave a lot of room for creativity.
Years went by, I got married to my husband and had two daughters – then one day someone I’d been at school with, and hadn’t seen since I left, contacted me via Facebook. She asked if I’d ever done anything with my writing as she still remembered the stories I’d written at school.
It was one of those ‘now or never’ moments which prompted me to take that first step. I signed up to an online creative writing course with Curtis Brown, bought as a birthday present for me by my husband. I loved it so much I applied for one of their longer 3 month courses, which I was accepted onto and where I wrote the first (very, very rough!) draft of my novel, but still didn’t really have any idea if it could end up being any good.
I then spotted a competition that the author Amanda Reynolds was running on twitter – I sent her the first three chapters of my book and she agreed to mentor me. I was absolutely thrilled. Amanda helped me edit my first three chapters before I submitted them to agents.
I was incredibly fortunate to be offered representation by Sophie Lambert at C+W and together we worked on the manuscript for a few months before she submitted it to publishers. Ten days later I accepted a pre-empt offer from Orion for a two-book deal.
I live near Guildford with my family and a Burmese cat called Saffi who thinks she’s a dog.
My debut novel All In Her Head will be published in hardback in April 2020.