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Love may be a central theme, but the books I write are not conventional romances. I try to write honestly, refusing to romanticise the downsides and the pitfalls in modern relationships. I am now published by Accent Press, but it's been a long and tortuous road to get to this point.
Although my career was as an illustrator, I suspect I've always been a writer. Long before I was capable of committing more than a few laborious sentences to the page I routinely developed long and complex stories in my head, peopled typically with fairies, princes and princesses and the sons and daughters of red-Indian chieftains. I began writing the 'book I wanted to read' when I was ten, inspired by my older sister. She was writing a Regency romance, but through my own teenage I began many rather gloomy, contemporary, stories - never finishing any of them. Doubtless I was compensating, through my romantic fantasies, for my lack of a real love life. I left school at 16 with just enough exam passes to go on to Art College - I now realise that I am on the mild end of the dyslexia spectrum - and eventually got a job in advertising.
When I stopped work to have my son, I started writing again. The first two novels I ever finished were immediately taken on by a new independent publisher, Love Stories, but it failed to achieve the marketing, promotion and distribution necessary to achieve success for itself or for its new authors. It folded after a few years and since those days the world of publishing has changed dramatically. After a period in the wilderness I decided to self-publish my novels TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL, but I have now been rescued by Accent, for which I thank them.