Although I was born in Liverpool and now live in West Sussex, my early years were spent growing up in a two-up and two-down in Bolton with Mum, Dad, my sisters and brother. Those years had a big impact on me as Bolton features frequently in my writing. House of Grace, A Family Saga, my debut novel, is no exception as most of Part I is set there.
Writing has always been my passion. I won my first poetry competition when I was seven-years old. However, it was only in my late fifties as my children grew older that I decided to take it more seriously and enrolled on creative writing courses with The Open University. Later in 2014, after losing my mum, I registered for an MA Creative Writing Course with the University of Brighton to help gain focus. By the end of this year I shall have achieved a Master’s in Creative Writing.
Poetry has always been my first love and I’d never considered writing a novel. It was only when writing a screenplay in 2013 that I could see it develop into a novel and House of Grace, A Family Saga was born. Part I opens in 1950 with the protagonist, sixteen-year-old Grace, who longs to be a fashion designer. Her Father, Lord Granville, has other ideas. The reader follows Grace through two decades as she struggles with family conflict, poverty and tragedy.
House of Grace is the first book in a trilogy. The second, The Coal Miner’s Son, is a work in progress which will be published later this year.
Until recently, I spent time as Poet in Residence at my local Victorian park as part of my MA Creative Writing course. Researching the park’s past life inspired me to compile a fictional poetry anthology, titled In a Delightful Country, which will be published within the next few months.
What I love about writing is being able to become anyone I want to be and transport myself to any place and time.
When I’m not writing I like to spend time with my family or go for strolls in the local park, listening to the birds, and watching wildlife on the lake. I also love to read, a necessity for any writer, take photographs, and play my piano.
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