My life revolves around books!
- I’m a writer specialising in short-form fiction, primarily short stories and memoir but also a little flash fiction.
- I help other authors promote their work, via my Off The Shelf Book Promotions consultancy, creating author websites and prescribing book promotions action plans.
- I published my highly acclaimed handbook for authors, Sell Your Books!, in 2012 and it’s now selling well around the world.
- I’m currently working on An Author’s Guide to Blogging, which will be launched at the London Book Fair in 2014.
- I’m proud to be an Author Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and am the editor of its blog of self-publishing advice.
- I’m an avid reader and enjoy belonging to a local book group.
- I am an enthusiastic book reviewer, posting book reviews on various sites including my on Off The Shelf Book Reviews page, where I fly the flag for indie authors by reviewing exclusively self-published books.
I loved school, being lucky enough to go to a wonderful state primary, Days Lane, and, in the days before the 11+ was abolished, one of the last local grammar schools, Beaverwood School for Girls (now a comprehensive).
I enjoyed this quiet suburban childhood till the age of 14, when my family relocated to Germany with my father’s job. I spent four years at Frankfurt International School, broadening my outlook as well as gaining the then brand new IB (International Baccalaureate).
I came back to the UK to earn my BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature at the University of York, then lived and worked for a while in London and the West of England as a journalist and PR consultant. You can find more details of what I did there at My Career).
When I was 30, I moved to the Cotswolds, where I’d decided to live at the age of 3, on a farm holiday near Bourton-on-the-Water. I always knew I’d end up here eventually, but I still love to travel, usually in our family camper van. Every trip leads to a flurry of travelogues on my YoungByName blog.
I regularly tell my ten year old daughter Laura how lucky she is to be growing up in such a wonderful rural community. Enid Blyton and the Famous Five would feel quite at home here.
I’ve been married for eleven years to a Scot named Gordon whom I met in Swindon – and not, as village rumour once had it, a Swede named Scottie.
I have no intention of ever moving house again.