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.
My first novel, A Proper Family Christmas, currently published by Accent Press, received some very nice reviews, and I’ve recently completed ‘A Real Family Holiday’, set in a beautiful Dower House attached to a stately home.
In a complete change of direction I have been planning a biography of my grandparents, Sir William Gordon-Cumming of the notorious 1891 Baccarat Scandal, and Florence Garner, the young American heiress who stood by him in his disgrace. My proposal for this was lucky enough to win the Biographers’ Club’s Tony Lothian Prize for first time uncommissioned biographers.
I’m delighted that Lisa Eveleigh of the Richford Becklow Literary Agency has recently become my agent.
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.