Margaret was almost literally born in the gutter, because her dad, in a panic, parked at the wrong entrance to the hospital and had to leave her mum to go get a wheelchair.
She grew up in a house full of books, fantasising about time travel and acting out the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories in her garden, which explains her interest in historical fiction. A trained primary school teacher, Margaret also works with children in the Church of England and is a keen am-dram enthusiast.
Margaret lives in London with her two cats. She is mum to Isaac, who died in 2015.