Having read my writing, here are ten things you may not know about me.
1) My Main Profession
My full-time job is as a Deputy Head of an Independent school. We specialise in students who have behaviour problems. Most have been excluded from mainstream school. The students are a lively bunch and it can be tough at times. In my mind, though it is the best job in the world. Young people have a unique outlook on life and it is something I use in my writing often.
I have a beautiful 18-month daughter named Harper, after my favourite author. She is the inspiration for all I do in life, especially my writing.
I am obsessed with Native American history. I have consumed a vast number of books on the struggles of the Wild West. Once I was even asked to leave Buffalo Bill’s in Disney for cheering for the wrong side. As of yet, this knowledge has never made its way into my writing but, there is still time.
Some may know that I am an avid bookworm. I have bookcases in every room of the house. My Dad once joked if I sold the house I could sell it as a library. When I was younger, I collected all Dean Koontz books in hardcover. I explore my passion for books through both my reviewing blogand my Medium publication.
My other obsession is football or soccer for my American readers. Watching, of course, not playing. I am a massive Manchester United fan and have seen them play live several times. My love of football is something I use to engage with my students. They are quite shocked that a female teacher can argue with them about teams.
I collect Panda’s, ornaments not real ones before the Chinese officials come after me. They have taken over the house. A couple of years ago I went to Edinburgh so I could see one in the flesh. The obsession started when I was 13. My first wage packet from my Sunday job paid for a collection of six. I still have them on a shelf today. Dusting them all drives my partner mad.
My favourite authors are Elly Griffiths, Chris Carter, and Karin Slaughter. All three write crime novels I cannot put down.
8) The Marshian
I grew up in the Romney Marsh, which makes me a born Marshian. This is a beautiful area of flat marshy land in the South East of England. The village I grew up in Dymchurch, is the centre of a famous series of books by Russell Thorndyke. The main character is smuggling; vicar called Dr Syn. Here is an article I wrote explaining all about the legend.
9) Famous Connections
My mum grew up with Noel Redding who was the bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was my favourite thing to boast about when I was a child.
10) Hidden Talent
I can complete a Rubix cube. Not behind my back or anything flash like that but, I have taught myself to complete it. It was something I always wanted to do when I was younger in my 20’s I finally managed it. As with riding a bike once you learn it, you will always be able to do it.