I was born and grew up in Swansea, South Wales. An only child, I spent a great deal of time lost in
books, lost in my imagination. Stories – my magic carpets to other worlds – have always been my
lifeblood and I always dreamed of being a writer.
I studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Jesus College, Cambridge, then moved to London and
worked in medical publishing for many years. In my thirties, I did a second degree, in psychology, at
London Metropolitan University, followed by professional counselling training in Wales. I then
became a counsellor for people with cancer and their families. I have also been a waitress,
bartender, shop assistant, estate agent, classroom assistant, university lecturer and workshop
In 2014 my first novel, Amy Snow, won the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and
the Love Stories Best Historical Read award. Writing has been my career ever since and I have five
historical novels published to date. My third, The Hourglass, was shortlisted for the RNA Epic
Romantic Novel of the Year award in 2017. My sixth historical novel, The Rose Garden, will be
published in 2021. My novels have been published in twenty countries around the world.
I also write contemporary commercial fiction and my first contemporary novel, The Little Book of
Secrets, will be published by Bookouture in May 2021.
My partner and I divide our time between the Gower Peninsula in Wales and London.