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I love words and always wanted to write fiction. My father taught me to read before I went to school. On my first day, a seriously impressed headmistress led me by the hand from classroom to classroom where I had to read out loud to all the other kids. Great way to make friends. Not.

But a sign of things to come…

After starting my career in journalism as a newspaper reporter, I joined BRMB in Birmingham in what were the early days of commercial radio. My job description back in those non-PC years was Newswoman!

brmb id card (1) BRMB newsroom (1)

I had no worries about that – it was great to be on board during such pioneering, exciting times. I can’t believe that not long ago I went to a party to mark the station’s fortieth anniversary!

Anyway after a steep learning curve at Alpha House, I moved to Pebble Mill where I joined BBC TV News and Current Affairs as a broadcast journalist.

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Despite my less than delirious expression in the pic,  I enjoyed my time there enormously. I must have: I stayed almost twenty years in various posts including reporter, presenter and producer.

I also worked in London briefly in the early eighties as a presenter on Newsnight. (And, no, I can’t believe I looked like this, either!)

newsnight pic

Back in the Midlands, I became the BBC’s first woman AEN (assistant editor news) outside London.

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A production meeting – cooking on gas.

I loved producing live news but still had a burning ambition to become an author. I resigned and became a freelance journalist only to spend most of my time writing fiction.

It took eight years, four unpublished books and a string of rave rejections before realising my dream with a publishing contract for WORKING GIRLS. (That’s no cliche, btw, I often had dreams where I saw my novels on the shelves in bookstores.)

Have to say, seeing – and touching – my first book in print is still one of my happiest professional experiences. I love how the cover’s changed over the years.

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As well as the journalism, I also used to do occasional voice-over work. It’s that reading aloud thing again. As was my role with the Birmingham Talking Newspaper for the Blind. For a time I joined forces – and voices – with the wonderful teams of volunteers across the city who work on the project. It was a joy to be involved and I’m hoping to return to the fold soon.

These days – pretty much  – when I’m not I’m not writing, I’m reading. If I’m doing neither, I’ll probably be round a table enjoying good food, fine wine and the company and conversation of best friends.

My likes include walking, word games and people-watching. My loves include coffee, cats, current affairs, crosswords and Cornwall. Oh, and crime fiction.



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