A Bristol born gal, I grew up in a sleepy village, dreaming of dragons and wild adventures. I haven’t grown up much and sincerely hope I never do. I live in the Cotswolds with my family, two enormous white wolves, two even bigger Alaskan Malamutes and a load of wild ducks who basically run the place! I was a full-time teacher, dulling young minds…ahem…I mean inspiring young children for the past 16 years and am now a librarian, a dream job being surrounded by books all day!
Although I primarily write epic fantasy, I enjoy most genres and love science-fiction, classics and contemporary literary fiction. Basically I’m a sucker for any good story.
I’m a painter, artist and illustrator and have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, photography and sculpture and a Post-Grad in Education. I’m also an illustrator for HarperCollins, and have drawn several fantasy maps for best-selling novels.
Apart from writing, reading, drawing and painting, I am an avid film buff, love stargazing, playing chess and travelling (when I get the chance) and am passionate about nature and conservation. I’d describe myself as a lover of wild places and the written word. Interests? Writing, painting, ancient history, anthropology, African and Asian mythology, natural history, archaeology, astronomy, geology, world geography, Palaeolithic civilisations, art history, photography and puzzles! Did I mention that I’m a huge nerd?