I grew up on the edge of Bradford, a Yorkshire industrial woollen town where I enjoyed the pleasures of the countryside and the facilities of a big provincial city. Later I used this background for one of my books 'Out of the Shadow'.
After leaving school I became a librarian specialising in children's literature, and worked in Leeds, Ealing, Luton and finally as a regional schools librarian for south Hertfordshire. My love of books and writing led to me becoming a children's author.
I now live in a small market town in Bedfordshire, and am lucky enough to live near the Grand Union canal which I enjoy. Again I've used this canal as background for one of my books, and am writing another at the moment.
Apart from writing I divide my life between family- including Tabitha the cat - friends, books, gardens, holidays, all of which I enjoy. My favourite hobbies include painting, gardening, walking and embroidery, and I belong to a singing group which performs popular concerts around the area, the proceeds of which go to a number of charities.
Things I'm not very good at include sports, apart from swimming, and understanding technical gizmos.
I have written over 30 books - picture books, early independent readers, novels for children ages 7-10 including family and school stories, adventure, ghost, historical fiction and world war 2.
A few years ago I wrote plays for a professional theatre group which toured the home counties performing them in schools. I have also written short plays which were published in educational magazines for children to perform in their classes.
I presently tutor a weekly adult education class at a college - ‘writing for children and teenagers’.