I was born in Tooting and was eight when war began. I was evacuated twice, the first time to Felpham near Bognor Regis. I didn’t last long there because, like many evacuees, I went back to London in August 1940, just in time for the start of the London Blitz. My timing has always been superlative! When my street was bombed, and the house was uninhabitable, I was evacuated again this time to Harpenden. They were chaotic times. I went to a total of ten different schools, all of which taught me something different – although they didn’t always intend to. I finished up at KCL and in 1952 to become a teacher which I enjoyed very much. Working with kids is always a revelation and an adventure.
In 1985 my first book was published and became a best-seller, so I said goodbye to teaching and became a full time writer, which I have been ever since. I’ve always found things to inspire me, conversations, newspapers, pictures, books, anything that makes me ask questions.
My latest published book is called Francesca and The Mermaid and tells the story of a woman who changes her life, inspired by her sighting of a mermaid swimming away to freedom. The most recent book went up on Kindle at the start of September 2015. The next book is at the printers. I don’t do idleness very well!
I have a large family, three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and love them all to bits!