I was born and grew up in Retford with my mum, dad and sister – who I am very close with. As a child my Dad told me endless bed time stories and I always loved how he could create something from his own imagination. I knew that when I left school, I wanted to pursue English as I’d grown up with a love of books. I spent four years studying English language, literature and education at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and then went on to become a primary school teacher.
My favourite time of the day at school, no matter the age group I’ve taught, has always been story time. Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo; all these people have created amazing stories and when I read them to my children in class, I see the anticipation on their faces and watch them completely lose themselves in the story.
Having always dreamed of writing my own book, I started on my very first story idea with a character I named Ed. What started as a single character soon turned into a chapter and then a manuscript. Aside from teaching and story writing, I love nothing more than country hikes, trips to new places and any type of music from rap and pop, to Motown and soul.