I was born in Carlisle, and educated at the Glasgow High School For Girls and the Buchan School in the Isle of Man. After attending Watford School of Art I had a brief career as a copywriter, then studied law at King’ College, University of London. I then read for the Bar and became a barrister specialising in shipping law. Last year I retired from my law practice to concentrate on my writing career.
I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, but only started writing professionally in my early 40s, after the birth of the third of my four children. My first novel, The Pupil, deals with the lives and loves of the inhabitants of 5 Caper Court, a fictional set of barrister chambers in London. After its success I wrote seven more in the Caper Court series – Judicial Whispers, An Immoral Code, A Hallowed Place, A Calculating Heart, A Perfect Obsession, and Errors of Judgment – with a handful of stand-alone novels in between.
My latest novel, The Summer House Party, is due to be published by Head of Zeus in April 2017. It opens in the summer of 1936, and follows the fortunes of the guests at country house party throughout the following decade. It’s the first book of what I hope will be a 3 book saga, and I’m presently working on the sequel, set in the 50s and 60s.
For all those readers who have asked, I hope to start a new Caper Court novel soon!