I was born and brought up in Newcastle in the North East of England. I love the place and its people. It provides the inspiration for the books I write.
My father came from India in the 1930s to study medicine in Newcastle. By the time he had qualified he had met and married my mother, the youngest of a family of thirteen. He stayed in England to become a family doctor in the North East. My father's three sisters and many members of his family before him were also doctors. But, being terrified of even the tiniest drop of blood doctoring wasn't for me. I went to drama school in London and met and married a man who just happened to be from my own North East home town. My husband was descended from generations of fishermen. But fishing didn't appeal to him and when I met him he was working for the BBC in London. They sent him back to Newcastle and we set up home in the North East where we raised four children.
I have written eleven sagas for my publishers Headline. In 2006 Fortune's Daughter was longlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's 'Romantic Novel of the Year' award.
At school, thats me in the classroom bottom right, but I often used to hide out in the library.
My mother started reading to me when I was tiny and that's when my love affair with books started. Thanks to her I could read before I went to school but I had already started to make up stories of my own.
I can still remember the excitement of seeing my first story in print in the school magazine. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer.
Storytelling to Italian children
Our son married a girl from Puglia in Southern Italy.