Harboring an unmentionable secret is not an obvious route to maternal bliss.......or is it? Ali Kirk's had a bad year. An ambitious London barrister, her courtroom performances have started to slide and her obsession with having a baby is undermining her relationship with boyfriend Adam. Come January 1st she resolves that in the next twelve months her life has to turn around. Life, however, is about to get worse. Busy juggling fertility tests with a high-profile celebrity case at the Old Bailey, Ali starts burning the midnight oil with powerfully handsome colleague Anthony de Klerk. On a night that she's slipped on some sexy underwear to boost her flagging self-esteem, Ali and Anthony finally end up in bed together. And then she falls pregnant. Ali starts fighting her very own secret paternity suit - who is the father, Adam or Anthony? En route to motherhood there are highs and lows, tears and tantrums, dalliances and denials. And the ultimate, uncomfortable realisation that only one thing will set Ali free: the truth.
I qualified as a lawyer and then swiftly realized this career was not for me. Instead, after a year spent travelling across Africa and being a ski rep in the French Alps, journalism beckoned with a stint working as a Researcher for BBC London Radio. From radio I moved into TV production, assistant producing on The Frost Programme, Beyond Belief and BBC Documentaries before switching to working in front of the camera. Five years were spent as a Reporter and Presenter for ITV on programmes ranging from news to travel shows. Credits include London Today, London Tonight, Capital Gains, Europe a la Carte, Five Star Adventure and Travel Xpress. I also write features for several national UK newspapers including the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and the Express and penned the Independent's hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum. Since marrying and having three children my wanderlust has exploded, a passion which has been combined with travel journalism. I'm proud (and embarrassed) to say that my three under '10s are some of the best traveled kids in the world as they've joined me in cruising and kayaking and cycling and skiing across the globe. We are shortly to acquire a pet goldfish, although my youngest Hannah would prefer a ring-tail lemur.
Lover in Law is my first novel.
My second novel, Weak at the Knees, will be released on September 20th 2013. It's a story about love, loss and broken promises which travels between London and the heart of the French Alps.
Find out more at www.jokessel.com