Let's get the really boring bit over with first...
I was born in a mining village in County Durham UK, and after studying English at University I trained as a marketing copywriter. Since then I've moved house seven times, had three children, set up two advertising agencies, had two novels published and trained as a silversmith.
My two published novels were both for Virgin Books Black Lace series ('erotic fiction for women, by women'). But my ambition is to write a novel I can actually tell my children about ('Mummy's a secret porn writer..' somehow doesn't tick that box.) Of course, I hope that the Authonomy site will bring me international fame and fortune....but in the meantime I'm looking for inspiration, advice, and - not to put too fine a point on it - a kick up the creative butt. Bring it on!
'The Great Gatsby' F Scott Fitzgerald
The 'Angelique' series by husband and wife team Sergeanne Golon
'Fup' by Jim Dodge (who also writes great poetry)
'Vanity Fair' Wm Thackeray
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
and almost anything by Wilbur Smith or Frank Yerby
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