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 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, traditionally trained artist, muralist (especially window murals) and a professional freelance illustrator for HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and other publishing houses. I take on commissions for both book illustration work and private artworks as well as window mural paintings. My latest commission was as an artist-in-residence for Oxford University. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, photography and sculpture and a Post-Grad in Education. But, my first passion has always been for writing stories and poetry and for creating art, which I’ve done since I was a child.
Most excitedly, I am now a shortlisted nominee for the 2018 British Fantasy Award in the Best Artist category! Yay!!!! 😀
Apart from writing, reading, drawing and painting, I am an avid film buff, love stargazing, playing chess and traveling (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.
I have a passion for ancient history, anthropology, African and Asian mythology, natural history, archaeology, astronomy, geology, world geography, Paleolithic civilization, art history, photography and of course fantasy and science-fiction! Did I mention that I’m a huge nerd?