I grew up in rural Devon before running away to the bright lights of York where I spent four happy years as a student, learning essential skills such as rolling a Hula Hoop across the floor of the college bar with my nose and reading Chaucer aloud in the style of Sean Connery – in between working very hard indeed for my English lit degree and an MA in Medieval Studies, of course! After university, I went to law school, qualified as a barrister specializing in all aspects of matrimonial and family law—everything from financial settlements to international child abduction—and spent several years in practice.
I’ve always dabbled with writing – even winning a couple of sit com writing competitions in the States with a friend – but it wasn’t until I was on maternity leave that I seriously set my mind to it. I had an ‘if I don’t do it now, when will I do it?’ moment and wrote, polished and tweaked a novel…only to have it rejected left, right and centre! However, by then the bug had well and truly bitten and I’d already started my second – which was to become ‘Tug of Love’ – and I ploughed on with yet more writing polishing and tweaking. Then I met my agent at one of the excellent Romantic Novelists’ Association parties, sent her the manuscript (which she loved) and she sold it to Headline’s Little Black Dress imprint. I wrote my second for them – a financial comedy thriller set in a big international bank – before moving to Arrow who published Summer Loving in May 2011 and Summer Nights in June 2012.
Tug of Love won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme prize for the best debut of 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2010 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Summer Loving has also just been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award - yay!