A short biography...
I was born in Nottingham, England, in 1982 and didn't leave until 2000 when I had a brief flirtation with studying history at Oxford. However, Oxford and I didn't really suit each other (and I have since characterised the city as a vampire in my latest published short story...) so I left at the start of 2001, returning to Nottingham to study English at The University of Nottingham.
For reasons I can't quite explain, since I love my hometown, after I graduated I went to live for a while in the former Yugoslavian country of Slovenia. A truly beautiful place, but I wasn't made to be a country dweller. I worked as a private tutor and dabbled with properly renovation until 2010 when I came back to Nottingham, at around the same time as my first novel, Truths was released. I'd always wanted to be a writer and the realisation of that dream was possibly the most exciting thing that ever happened to me.
A brief spell in retail taught me to be kind to shop assistants in the run up to Christmas, before I found my way into a job much more inspiring to me, as an interpreter at the Galleries of Justice museum in the old Lace Market district of Nottingham. It's the old Shire Hall and Country Gaol, and the place I fictionalised in Truths. On any given day you might find me dressed as a Victorian warder, a drunken Georgian prisoner, or conducting a mock trial with a group of children. As a total history geek and creative to my core, it's the perfect place for me.
Outside of work and writing, I love to listen to stupidly loud music, I read incessantly (recomendations always welcome) and I love to study. I'm currently reading up on history and theology. Just some light entertainment...I'm also a big fan of travelling and I adore many cities all across Europe, my favourire right now being Budapest.
My favourite way of spending time is over coffee and cake in a quaint coffee shop, hopefully with some good company, or at least a book or notepad!
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Set in 1808 and 2008 two stories of love and danger entwine in the shadowy cells of Nottingham's County Gaol...
Ghosts of Winter
Ros inherits a manor house in the north of England, and sees it as a retreat from her troubled life. But the stories of past inhabitants linger...and maybe renovating the house will bring Ros back to life too...
The Locket and the Flintlock
A Regency gentlewoman is robbed at gunpoint on a dark road...but could her assailant also be the one to lead her to love and freedom?
Romance, vampires, and lesbians...
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