I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!
I like to keep busy and I’ve published seventeen novels in seventeen years, and I'm thrilled to say that they've all hit the bestseller lists. I've sold over three million books in the UK alone and I've been translated into 26 different languages. I have written 15 contemporary novels and two historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. My latest novels, The Stranger in My Home, The Image of You and I invited Her In are twisty, domestic noirs. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity. Whatever period I set my novels I’m known for examining the thorny issues of the lives people lead with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.
I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I'm a keen supporter of The National Literacy Trust and a proud Ambassador of The Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge, a scheme that encourages emerging adult readers who are becoming passionate about books. In 2008 I wrote a Quick Read, Happy Families as part of the celebrations of World Book Day, which went on to win Quick Read Learners’ Favourite Award, as voted for by the public. In 2017 I was awarded the Romantic Novelists Association Outstanding Achievement Award.
During my career I've lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Guildford, Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat. I guess, that's it, so far...