I was born and bred in the Black Country, that part of the English West Midlands that lies between the eastern fringes of Wolverhampton and the western edges of Birmingham. Dudley, the acknowledged capital of the Black Country, was my home town and, though I’ve travelled widely, I still live no more than 6 miles from my birthplace.
When I left school I became a nursery nurse. Socially, I was always interested in the opposite sex, and loved to go out with my friends to dances and to concerts by famous rock and pop groups. I married in my early twenties and had a son, but that marriage ended – amicably. My second marriage blessed me with a wonderful spouse and a ready-made stepson whom I adore.
I always knew I would become an author, but there never seemed any rush. Throughout life I have been a ‘people-watcher’, and I believe this has given me a clear insight into human interactions – male and female – especially when it comes to relationships. So, my stories spring from the broad canvas of human nature that I have experienced. The characters that populate them have often been inspired from life, as have the situations I sometimes place them in. Many have been embellished, of course, some not.
The very first novel I wrote, which I thought was the best thing since sliced bread, had multiple rejections, simply because it was not good enough. However, undaunted and with the encouragement of several editors, literary agents, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I pressed on with new ideas.
Writing is a very fulfilling and yet solitary occupation, so I am lucky inasmuch as I still find time to enjoy other things with my very understanding better half, and lead a full and active life.
Anyway, I do hope you’ll read my novels and my blog, and that you’ll enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.