I was born in Cambridge and have lived in Ipswich with my husband since 2006. I studied French and History at Warwick University. My working life was mainly spent with a small research company in Coventry, followed by a spell as an administrator for the National Autistic Society. Now retired, I have two adult children and a grandson who, like most of my family, live close by in Suffolk.
I started exploring my family history in the late 1990s and graduated onto other areas of historical research when I came to Ipswich and met historian, Sheila Hardy. I worked for her on a voluntary basis, providing background for several of her published books, notably a biography of cookery writer, Eliza Acton, and a collection of local 'true crime' stories. I also did a lot of research for her on Georgian divorce scandals.
Then, when I was offered the opportunity to write my own books, I grabbed it with both hands.