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 stint 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 for two years to run a financial publication 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 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).
Home is now Henley-on-Thames in the UK, where I have settled with my husband, daughter, son and various pets. I still love to travel and try to visit Asia whenever I can.
I have been 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.
Generally there is a bookish theme to my posts, but within that context I write about family life, feminism, travel and anything that piques my curiosity. Sometimes it's a matter of opinion and other times it's a flight of fancy.
Look out for my fictional alter ego: the single mother Hermaphrodite Mum. I also run two occasional blog series: Review (about books, film and theatre) and People watching (interviews and character studies).
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