I'm a writer of children’s and adult fiction.
I'm also a mum of three girls, a lawyer, and a certified life coach. I was born in California, and now live in Milford, Surrey (UK).
The Secret Cooking Club was inspired by my three daughters who love to cook (and eat!) anything sweet. I like to bake with them (though, to be honest, I'm not a very good cook - and when I'm busy writing or editing a novel, we eat a lot of pasta and beans on toast!).
I've always had a lot of ideas for stories, and a few years ago I started writing them down. Since then, I've spent a lot of time learning the craft of writing a novel. I've also learned that writing is the easy part compared to editing - or getting published.
I'd been writing for almost ten years before winning the Times / Chicken House competition. When the winner was announced, it was the best day of my writing life!
Since then, I've had many ups and downs in my writing career. I've had to learn how to fail and face rejection and learn from my mistakes. I've learned to embrace every little success, and truly believe in myself no matter what happens. I've gone from being just another author to becoming an empowered author - and every day is an exciting new challenge.
My advice to writers is to read every day and write every day. Believe in yourself, find other writers who can offer support, and be open to constructive criticism (you'll get lots of it!). Most importantly - never give up!