I was born and raised in Yorkshire, where my dad inspired my love of history from an early age. He is a born story teller and would take us to the top of Iron Age hillforts, often as dusk was falling, and regale us with stirring tales of battles lost and won. Not surprisingly, I went on to study Classics at university, and love spending my summer on archaeological digs. For me, there is nothing more thrilling than finding an artefact that has not seen the light of day for thousands of years. Who was the last person to hold it? Why did it end up in the soil? I find so much inspiration for my writing from archaeology.
Working on my novels is my way of reliving the past. When our children were little, the only available space in the house to write was a small walk-in-wardrobe. The kids used to say, ‘oh, mum’s in the cupboard again’. I’ve published four historical novels. The King’s Daughter explores the life of Aethelflaede, the Lady of the Mercians. It was awarded Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. The Saxon Wolves and The Saxon Plague are both set in the fifth century AD, a time of enormous upheaval and uncertainty in Britain as the Romans departed and the Saxon era began. My fourth novel, Twelve Nights, was published in June 2022. It is set in Elizabethan London and features Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, and it has been an absolute joy to spend time in their company.
After working in newspapers and for the BBC, I now live in rural Hampshire with my family and write full time.