I was brought up in Wimbledon, and spent most of my adult life in Oxford, where I met my husband, Edwin Osborn. In 2013 we moved to Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, to be nearer my sister, the writer Katie Fforde.
I began writing when I was about seven and used to make up stories about the teachers at school to entertain my friends. I really enjoyed making people laugh, and it’s been my main object in life ever since. I’ve had various short stories and humorous pieces in magazines and on the radio, and published my own collection: ‘The Haunted Bridge and Other Strange Tales of the Oxford Canal’, with kind support from the late Colin Dexter.
My first novel, A Proper Family Christmas, received some very nice reviews and is due to be re-issued under the new Headline Accent imprint for Christmas 2019. I’ve recently completed ‘An Easter Conspiracy’, set in a beautiful Dower House attached to a stately home.
In a complete change of direction I am also writing a biography of my grandmother, Florence Garner, the New York heiress who married Sir William Gordon-Cumming, of the notorious 1891 Baccarat Scandal. My proposal was lucky enough to win the Biographers’ Club’s Tony Lothian Prize for first time uncommissioned biographers.
I belong to the Romantic Novelists Association, where I served an eight year term on the Committee, and I was a founder member and long-time secretary of the Oxford Writers’ Group and its publishing imprint OxPens.
I am pleased to be represented by Lisa Eveleigh of the Richford Becklow Literary Agency.