I’m a crime writer and my debut novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, was released on 6th May by Joffe Books. It’s the first part of a crime series that is a darkly subversive take on the Golden Age and the works of authors such Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey.
I also write short fiction and have been lucky enough to win some awards for this. In 2019 I was awarded the Gothic Fiction prize for short fiction by Go Gothic. The piece is Vengeance and the Doctor, which you can find in the blog section here.
I was the runner up in The New Writer’s writer of the year award and my work has been short listed and Highly commended by Writers’ Forum magazine. I was also long-listed for The Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition. I’ve had short stories published in BTS Literary and Arts Annual, Gold Dust magazine and also by Stairwell books in their literary and arts journal Dream Catcher. Some of my work has been selected for publication in an anthology entitled A Ghostly Challenge. Later this year, I will be publishing my first short story collection – A Rook-eyed Heart: A Collection of Dark Tales. I speak at various literary festivals, most recently in Bath, and at various schools and book groups. My historical fiction, The Painter of Siena, was published in 2016.
I live with my husband and two children and can frequently be found in Devon swimming/floating/drinking around Burgh Island, reading Agatha Christie’s. I’m originally from Yorkshire, which possibly explains the passion for all things Gothic and dark. After studying law at Cambridge University, I was a criminal law barrister for many years, but I finally hung up my wig in favour of more fictional crimes.