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I was born in Yorkshire, where my family's roots can be traced back at least as far as the fifteenth century – because of this, I like to think I might have Viking ancestry! Certainly from yeoman farmer stock, sprang my great-grandfather who founded woollen mills in the horse-and-carriage days of Queen Victoria. Other forebears of mine were on visiting terms with the Brontë sisters.
Reading has always been important to me. As a child, I used to read under the bedclothes when I was meant to be asleep and would drive my mother to despair by insisting on reading boys comics like The Beezer and the entire set of Biggles books.
Luckily I was schooled by nuns in a (kind of) castle on the Whitby cliffs (the Whitby of Count Dracula fame) and the wild beauty of the Yorkshire landscape continues to provide me with plenty of inspiration. It was there that, much to my mother's relief, the good sisters steered me gently away from the comics by introducing me to the classics of English literature.
After leaving school, I read history at Royal Holloway College, part of London University. In the '70's I worked in media and advertising, and met my husband at Saatchi & Saatchi. When our daughter began going to school, the stories began to emerge. Thanks to an early Amstrad word processor, my first historical romance Sapphire in the Snow, was sold to Mills and Boon in 1989. It won the RNA New Writers' Award. Other medieval romances and sagas followed, as well as around fifty articles on writing for Writing Magazine and Writers' News. Recently, I was thrilled when one of my recent titles, Betrothed to the Barbarian, was shortlisted for the 2013 RoNA Rose Award.