She has lived in Norwich, Munich, Philadelphia, Birkenhead and now in the Welsh Marches where, with her husband, she owns some ancient woodland.
She has worked as a hospital cleaner, cub reporter, librarian, school teacher and associate lecturer for the Open University.
When her now adult children were young she published three children’s books. She has written about Christina Rossetti and the 18th-century writer and notorious beauty Mary Robinson.
His Last Fire comes out with Parthian on April 2nd, 2014. Parthian will also publish the novel The Flight of Sarah Battle in March, 2015.