I am an award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and novelist who has spent the past two decades in the UK mass market and book publishing industry.
For seven years, I worked as Deputy then Acting Editor of IPC’s weekly Pick Me Up magazine, helping to launch it into the market in 2005 with a debut readership of half a million. It was the most successful magazine launch in a decade and secured the BSME launch of the year in the process. I was named as IPC’s ‘True Life Writer of the Year’ the following year.
I also have five years’ experience working on national newspapers the Daily Express and Daily Mail. I started my career at Fleet Street News Agency aged 21, covering the Old Bailey and other central criminal courts, and writing and selling to the News of the World, the Sun, and all the major national woman’s magazine titles.
Over the past seven years, I have concentrated on publishing, writing ten fiction and non-fiction titles. My debut novel, Secrets of the Singer Girls, became a Sunday Times bestseller when it launched in 2015, with first week sales of over 10,000. It has recently been optioned by Bandit Television.
My fourth title for Pan Macmillan, The Allotment Girls, was published in March 2018.
My first non-fiction book which uncovers the lives of extraordinary women of wartime East End, The Stepney Doorstep Society was published by Penguin (Michael Joseph) in August 2018 and reached number one in the history categories on Amazon.
I am currently working on two further wartime novels for Hodder & Stoughton, the first of which, Secrets of the Homefront Girls, will be published in August 2019.