‘Sharply observed and extremely funny’ – Hello! magazine
Born in the exotic wilds of Watford, I was the first in my extended family to make it to university. There I learned entertaining your mates with your tall tales was called ‘creative writing’. I also learned most of the people who had published ‘creative writing’ books and could be found in the library, were dead. So, I got a job in fashion instead. An unexpected plot twist for anyone who’d ever seen the state of my clothes.
After about a decade, just as I’d grown weary of calling everyone darling, my feet stopped working. Though it actually took doctors six years to work out I had the rare connective tissue disorder Hypermobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), it fits better with my narrative arc if we say that this is the moment I started writing.
I’m the author of crime thrillers including On My Life (Hachette, 2019), Trust Me (HarperCollins, 2017), Watch Me (HarperCollins, 2016), and Follow Me (HarperCollins, 2015). And I wrote the humorous memoir Confessions Of A Fashionista (Penguin Random House, 2013).
For screen, I was one of five writers commissioned for BBC Three’s series five of The Break (BBC Studios, 2021). I wrote and performed the comedy short The Masseuse Who Pulled My Arm Out, for BBC Ouch’s Tales Of The Misunderstood (BBC Edinburgh Festival Stage / BBC iPlayer, 2017). For stage, I contributed a sketch to the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show (The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival 2016). And I wrote a one-hour dramedy The Legacy which was a sell-out at The Hope Theatre, London, 2015.
And lots of other exciting things I can’t tell you yet. Well, not unless you buy me a drink first: then I sing like a Disaronno fuelled canary with eyelash extensions.
Photo credits. Top Left: Tim Wheeler. Right: Gabe Simon.