When I was four years' old, I wrote my first stories. This was mainly because I couldn't find the stories I wanted to read, and writing my own seemed the obvious solution. These remained largely unshared but my connection with writing has persisted all my life. Between reading English Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and acquiring an MA in Linguistics at the University of Essex,I explored Europe as an English teacher and Creative Writing specialist. I later went on to earn my living as a freelance journalist (for 25 years). I was published in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers and specialised in the most concerning Public Health Issues of the 80s, 90s and Noughties. This work was - in its purest form - creative non-fiction but, although obliged absolutely to adhere to the truth, I still had to write to engage and entertain. However, now at last, like my four-year-old writing self, I can write the fictional stories I want to read. My writing life has come full-circle and I love it. See https://elizabeth-gates.com for further information.