A Little About Me..
I was born in Newport in South Wales, and grew up in Cwmbran.
At 18 I made my first big move away from home, to Leeds to study at the City of Leeds and Carnegie College (now Leeds Metropolitan University). I trained as a teacher and taught in Yorkshire and South Wales for three years.
Someone once said that a career is what you’ve had when you look back. My ‘career’ has been a succession of interesting things to do, plus being in the right place at the right time.
After teaching I worked as a holiday rep in Austria (great fun!) then became a project Manager for British Gymnastics, followed by a move into Human Resources.
My passion for genealogy began when my mother began to research her own Irish immigrant family. I helped her with the on-line researching (she never quite ‘got’ the internet) and became hooked myself in the process.
The idea for a genealogy mystery novel came about on a train journey between London and South Wales. That idea became Three Times Removed.
There are now 4 published books in the Maze series. I am already working on Books 5 and 6: The Policeman and The Soldier. And there will be more.
I am a member of the Society of Genealogists. I love attending the interesting and informative courses the Society organises, to learn as much as I can and improve my researching skills. Plus I attend my own local FH society whenever I can.
I now live in North Wales, close to the sea.
My own favourite reads: series written by women writers: Faith Martin, Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross, Elly Griffiths, Joy Ellis.
The best series I have read in the past ten years: the Commissario Riccardi books by Italian writer Maurizio di Giovanni.
Favourite films (ones I return to again and again): Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’. ‘Chocolat’ with Juliette Binoche and Judy Dench, and ‘Shirley Valentine’.
Favourite TV series: The West Wing; Doctor Who and Torchwood; Whitechapel; Being Human; Spiral; Hinterland and all Welsh ‘noir’