Writing fiction is something new for me as for most of my working life I was a nurse, beginning as a student in Poole, Dorset in the early sixties. The swinging sixties were just that and I made the most of them but as they came to an end I met John, who was to become the father of our three children and grandfather to five oh-so-different granddaughters.
I did all sorts of things when we were first married and developed a good head for business so that when I returned to the NHS in the late 70's I had some skills that fitted the time. Within ten years I was the Head of Midwifery Services in Cardiff and prior to retiring (early) I was the Chief Nurse at the University Hospital of Wales.
After retiring I had a poacher turned gamekeeper moment and set up what has turned out to be a successful Nursing Agency, that has thrived and developed with my daughter as the Managing Director.
I find it hard to believe that there are now four books in the DCI Martin Phelps crime series and the plot of number five is currently keeping me awake at night! The novels are all based in a modern, vibrant city that is the home of Dr Who and Torchwood - yes, it's the City of Cardiff. In a modernised Victorian building known as Goleudy, Detective Chief Inspector Martin Phelps and his team handle all the serious crime in the City and beyond.
In life I have had difficulty in fitting into a specific slot and so it is with my writing.
The crime series has brought out the devil in me but I love the diversity of feelings that can be unleashed with poetry. My poems are generally about everyday life and people and that gives enough material for a continuous flow of verse.
I've always written stories for my children and at the request of my granddaughters I have now published 'Pat-a-Pups' with the help of a brilliant illustrator, Emma Kandasamy.
Almost every point of my life has seen me involved in fundraising! Because of my enthusiasm I was persuaded to write a short book on the subject.
I know that lots of authors are recognised for writing in a particular genre but for me there has to be diversity - so hopefully amongst my writing there will be something for everyone