Hello and thank you for coming to my website. Here’s a little about me. I’m a crime writer and author of the Smart Woman’s mystery series. My debut novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, was released on 6th May by Joffe Books and won The People’s Book Prize 2020/2021 for fiction. The second book in the series, Body on the Island, was released in February 2021. They follow the Smart women and their misadventures. The books are a modern take on Golden Age crime fiction but updated with lots of dark humour.
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 . 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. I speak at various literary festivals, most recently Crime in the Countryside where I spoke about adaptations of Agatha Christie novels.
I live with my husband and two children. 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, appearing at the Old Bailey, but I finally hung up my wig in favour of more fictional crimes.