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I write uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in stunning Yorkshire. My Whitsborough Bay books take readers/listeners to the North Yorkshire Coast and my Hedgehog Hollow books transport them deep into the countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
My books are about real people living real lives. You’ll find plenty of warm and fuzzy moments between the pages but you may occasionally find yourself tearing up and reaching for the tissues. I love my characters so, no matter how tough the going gets, I make sure they get their happy ending. Of course, with a series, it may take a few books to fully get there!
My favourite subject at school was English and I always loved the aspects of my day job in HR which involved writing but I never considered writing a novel until my manager told me that my business reports read more like stories and joked that I should write a book. As soon as a plot idea presented itself, that’s exactly what I did.
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme in 2012 and stayed in the NWS for three years. The critiques I received through that were invaluable in helping me prepare my debut manuscript for submission.
In September 2013, I felt ready to let my debut novel, ‘Searching for Steven’ into the real world and sub’d him to a publisher for the first time. A year later I received two x three-book publishing deals! I chose to go with UK-based So Vain Books.
My debut novel, Searching for Steven, was released on 3rd June 2015 and the rest of the trilogy followed within the next 14 months. Sadly, my publisher ceased trading and I acquired my rights back. I re-released those books as an indie author along with a further five new books. With nine books under my belt, I decided it might be time to try and secure another publishing deal.
In March 2019, I was thrilled to receive a 9-book publishing deal from Boldwood Books, to release a mixture of new books and some of my back catalogue. My first book through them – The Secret to Happiness – was released in September 2019.
They refreshed the series that So Vain Books had published as a four-book series called ‘Welcome To Whitsborough Bay’. All the books had a fresh edit, new titles and gorgeous new covers ahead of their release in the first quarter of 2020 and, on the back of the success of these, Boldwood offered me contract addendums for the rest of my backlist, taking my publishing deal up to twelve books.
July 2020 saw the start of a brand new series set in a hedgehog rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow. This new setting has become a reader favourite and I’ve written and released four books so far with a final two planned for summer and autumn 2022.
I’m delighted to have signed another twelve-book contract with Boldwood Books, all of which will be brand new books. The first in this contract – Snowflakes Over The Starfish Café – was released in August 2021. This is set just outside Whitsborough Bay above Starfish Point; home to a colony of over 200 common and grey seals. There’ll be a sequel to this story out in spring 2022 – Spring Tides at The Starfish Café.
I have an MA in Creative Writing with distinction which I achieved through Open University in late 2019.
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And if you ever fancy looking at some visual inspiration for my books, you can find a board per book on Pinterest.
Thanks for reading.