I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum, and have also written for the Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Vision Now, Classic Boat, Sailing Today and many other magazines. I have been a columnist and Sailing Correspondent for Cornwall Today, and a regular contributor since 2008, writing personal profiles, health pieces, sports articles, features, antique slots, author interviews and walks. I have also written for the websites www.feetontheground.holiday, The Tonic and The Overtake.
I wrote many walks for Cornwall Today, twenty of which made their way into my first book, Discover Cornwall, which was published by Sigma Press in July 2012. Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers followed in July 2015, Walks in the Footsteps of Poldark in July 2016, Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier in April 2018 and Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher in 2019. Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Artists has been put on hold due to lockdown restrictions.
I wrote my first novel aged 12, then in 1995 I took part in the World One Day Novel Cup and was the first to finish. This led to several published short stories and writing my next novel. Since then I have written several novels, been longlisted for the Cinnamon Press novel competition and shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Award in December 2011. I received Highly Commended in the New Talent Section at the Festival of Romance Awards in November 2012 for my previous novel, Four Left Feet.
Having suffered from anorexia myself many years ago, I wanted to create some insight into this baffling and terrifying illness, and write about it both from the mother and daughter’s points of view. This led to my next novel, HUNGER, for which I am seeking representation and to launch my fiction titles. I have since written my next novel, The Sixth Scent, which I am editing.
I was Patron for the organisation Connecting Lives, which helped those who are isolated and depressed; both conditions I got to know well when I was anorexic. Sadly the organisation folded due to the recent pandemic. I have worked for Volunteer Cornwall over the past year, collecting prescriptions etc and helping a feisty 96 year old.
Pre-Covid, I used to give regular talks at the Fowey Festival, Penzance Literary Festival and many other institutions such as WEA, WI, Cornish History Society, sailing clubs and libraries.