About the Author
I have worked with people from various backgrounds and of all ages throughout my life. Working with the community and other professional people has given me a wealth of knowledge that is required to write books. I did not fair well at the Grammar School I attended as a child and then returned to education as a mature student in my 30's, gaining a professional qualification in Youth and Community work. Towards the end of my career I gained an BSc Open Degree with Hons and then did a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. The majority of my working career has been in Community Development, Adult Learning and Youth Work and I am now retired. While working I loved seeing both staff and service users grow into more confident and skilled individuals through their informal as well as formal education. Life is a struggle for many people and I chose to write as sometimes we need some sort of escapism and I hope my writing can provide just that. I was brought up in Horden in the North East of England which during my childhood was a thriving mining community until its demise in the early 1980's. In 1980 my family moved to Houghton le Spring and finally in 2011 my husband and I moved to Newbottle a nearby village. On a personal level I have been happily married for over 35 years. I have two daughters who I am very proud of as they have both, against all odds brought up children on their own while gaining a degree as well as professional employment. I adore my two grandchildren. The oldest is Luke who has struggled throughout his school life as he has dyslexia but never gave in and is currently at college. My other grandchild is Darcy who is an intelligent but typical teenage girl.