British by birth, I grew up in Ceylon (the island now known as Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. I trained to be a teacher in London where I met Simon … we’ve clocked up forty years together, thirty five of them as a married couple. (A wit told me that was longer than a prison sentence!) His job took us to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand where we raised our two sons Benedict and Sam, I worked at British and International schools and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.
Currently living in the UAE, I was the Senior Mistress (a title which raised many an eyebrow and caused huge merriment) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School until 2011 when I gave up lesson planning and writing report cards to finish my first Kilingiri which for seventeen years lived in my head and occupied masses of paper, floppy discs, USBs and space on the hard drive of several pcs/ laptops. With luck my second novel will not have such a long gestation!
I enjoy travelling, sailing and spending time with family and dear friends and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until I discovered Pilates, Yoga and the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to my inability to remember dance sequences. I sing in the shower and with choirs, have an allergy to golf and recently discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express my inner artist!