I wrote my first book at the age of six. Entitled Tarka the Otter, it was a pretty shameless rip-off of the Henry Williamson classic of the same name, which with hindsight was a fairly sophisticated choice of bedside read for a six-year-old. I no longer own the manuscript to my version of Tarka, having mailed the entire typewritten manuscript to my pen-pal in Scotland on a whim and never heard a jot from her since.
Fortunately as time has gone by reception to my writing has become more favourable. My first book, Brilliant PR. was published by Pearson Education in 2011. The book has subsequently been translated into Polish.
This was followed by an offer of a book deal from a very lovely editor, Fiona Shoop, who liked my style on Twitter. One night I drank a bit too much wine and brazenly asked her for a deal, and shortly afterwards Fiona approached my agent Isabel Atherton to offer me What To Do When You Win The Lottery. This fun, friendly and aspirational guide to - well, what to do when you win the Lottery - was published in late 2011.
In 2013 a book I had envisaged and pitched a full five years previously, The Girl's Guide to Life On Two Wheels, was finally published by Ryland, Peters & Small. This accessible introduction to cycling for women, beautifully illustrated with fabulous photographs and illustrations, shares my love of all things two-wheeled and encourages every lapsed cyclista out there to get back into the saddle.
Looking ahead I have a fourth non-fiction pitch in the making, and at some point I will be trying my hand at short stories (which I will share here) and a novel.
You can buy any of my books at the usual outlets, and Brilliant PR and What To Do When You Win The Lottery are both available for Kindle.