I was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up in a vicarage as part of a large, spirited family, including my dad, an eccentric vicar. At 18 I left home to study English at Warwick University, then moved to Jersey in my twenties and worked as a lawyer for a while. The island has become my home now and I love it here, living by the sea with my husband, three kids and Rodney the cat. Every day the view is different and I try to head up on to the cliffs as often as I can - great for inspiration as well as exercise. 

I always thought writing would just be a hobby for me and decided to write Christmas at the Vicarage when my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I wanted to try to keep him alive through one of the characters (the Vicar, of course). I self-published the book and was blown away when Lake Union approached me and offered me a book deal. I've since published four more books with them but this year I'm back to indie publishing, with a whole lot more experience than I had five years ago!