When I was in my late forties, I decided to make a huge leap and give up my day job, which had been running arts festivals and editing and writing all kinds of magazines, and try and become a writer. So I wrote lots of short books for language learners which I enjoyed and they were very successful. I then turned my love of theatre into trying to write plays. And so I wrote a few, and they won a couple of awards, and enabled me to do the Scriptwriting MA at the University of East Anglia. This led to my doing a PhD (and writing two more plays), and becoming a lecturer at UEA for ten years (and more plays and running another arts festival).
Now, in my seventies, I’m drawing on my years living in Greece, and my love of crime fiction to create a series of crime novels featuring Pam Gregory, a character I’m getting very fond of.