Author Biography

I can honestly say that I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. As a very young girl, I can remember my father, from whom I inherited a love of words and storytelling, making up stories about a little girl living on the riverbank with the woodland creatures. I still remember him saying, in later years, “I wish I’d written those stories down.” Maybe that is why he always encouraged me to write.

At school, I loved reading and wrote endless numbers of stories, inevitably, as a child of the 60s, in the style of Enid Blyton. Even the teenage years couldn’t dim my enthusiasm for writing, and I recall writing a tale about a school cleaner, cleaning out the headteacher’s office, and tipping the empty gin bottles into her refuse sack. How I got away with it I’ll never know, but I got a good mark and I like to think that my book was passed round the staffroom for all the staff to enjoy!

However, it is my love of nature that has been behind much of my writing. I was lucky enough to grow up in a village, surrounded by woodland and fields, and I also spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s home in Cumbria. As a teacher, I was aware that a lot of my pupils had little appreciation of the countryside, and I wanted to share my experiences with them and teach them to look closely at the world around them.

As a consequence, I took every opportunity to tell stories and write for them, many of those ideas inspired by my own experiences, or the imagination of those young children. My own daughters were a sounding board for those stories too, and I collected the ideas in the same way that I’d kept my childhood tales all those years ago.

Now I am retired I have decided it is time to write even more, using my memories and experiences, and dipping into the bank of stories I’ve scribbled over the years. I’m finding it all great fun and hope to share my progress and excitement with everyone on my website, and through my blog.




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