I was born in Durham, England, but moved with my family at the age of seven to St Helens in the North West of England, where my Dad had secured a new post as Head of Geography at a secondary school. My parents were, in fact, both teachers and I grew up in a world surrounded by books, which I learned to read and enjoy from an early age. At school I developed a passion for writing and my favourite lesson was English Literature. I loved creative writing and was always noting down some idea or other for a new story.
I attended Hull University from 1994-1997, where I studied for a Joint degree in English Literature and Drama, both subjects which I loved. I also spent several summers working as a drama counsellor at Camp Louise in Maryland, USA, a job which I thoroughly enjoyed and often wished could be permanent and full time. Upon leaving university, I was unsure what I wanted to do, and for a while I trained as a manager for Warner Village Cinemas in the South of England, working both in their Watford and Harrow cinemas.
Finding this career did not really suit me, I returned to studying in the year 1999 and retrained as a teacher at Liverpool University. Working with teenagers all those summers at Camp Louise had been so rewarding that I became a high school teacher in 2001, first taking on a post at a school in Widnes, and two years later at a girls’ school in Greater Manchester. I have been teaching English there for the last eleven years.
In 2001 I met my husband Marc through some friends, and we went on to marry in 2006. We now live in the North West of England with our two children, Daniel and Amy.
In 2013 I began writing again when I was struck by an idea for a good thriller whilst on holiday in Menorca with my family. Escape, which I completed in the autumn of 2013, is my debut novel.