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About Me

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As a child I enjoyed an itinerant lifestyle following my parents around the globe. During those early years, I lived in Abu Dhabi, France, Indonesia and Oman. In the summers, we stayed with my grandparents in Ibiza.

After a long spell at boarding school and three years studying English Literature at Oxford University, I plumped for a career in the media.

 

In the late 1990s, I moved to New York to run financial publications with Euromoney Institutional Investor, and loved every minute - my apartment on the Upper West Side, the museums, my American friends.

 

Later I returned to London and joined BBC News Online as a business/economics senior broadcast journalist and a features writer.

In 2004, following the birth of my daughter, I decided to freelance and write fiction full-time. As well as composing novels, I have written two public health books: one on celebrities and violence, plus another on the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

In 2022, I dipped a toe into podcasting and landed my first job with the business school Chicago Booth to create a series about the artists and curators involved in its art collection, Unapologetically, on the London campus.

 

Home is now Henley-on-Thames in the UK, where I have settled with my husband, daughter, son and various pets. I also volunteer for the refugee charity, Care4Calais.

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Blogging

I started writing my own blog An Author's Notebook since late 2012. It began as a platform to promote my work and evolved into something different - a lifestyle blog with a literary bent. At its peak, it attracted about 10,000 page views a month.

 

Generally there was a bookish theme to my posts, but within that context I wrote about family life, feminism, travel and anything that piqued my curiosity. Sometimes, it was a matter of opinion and other times, a flight of fancy. 

Look out for my fictional alter ego: the single mother Hermaphrodite Mum. I also ran two occasional blog series: Review (about books, film and theatre) and People watching (interviews and character studies).

In 2014, An Author's Notebook was a finalist in the BritMums' Brilliance in Blogging (BiB) awards in the 'writer' category.

Read An Author's Notebook on Blogger.

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