From The Cat in The Hat onwards I was mad about reading. I studied English at uni and then got a job in advertising. Seeking adventure, I went to Argentina to work as a freelance journalist and that's when I wrote my first book, Alice Alone. Since when I have somehow produced fifteen more published novels, a couple of unpublished ones, loads of short stories, as well as two glorious sons.
Writing is like a life-long disease - you can't ever shake it off even though some days you want to. My latest book, For The Love of a Dog, arose out of a traumatic time in my personal life. I lost two people I loved and hit a wall. A golden doodle puppy helped pull me back into the world, as did the ability to write about what had happened. Making sense of the chaos around us is such a comfort and the reason I am a storyteller.
I have had my share of luck, but I work hard too. Passion and obsession go hand in hand.