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ABOUT DJ

In time-honoured tradition, here are a few snippets about my life, my writing life and me. A potted history, if you like.

I was born in County Durham (UK) but oddly, I feel that I have never been there, as my family moved ‘down south’ when I was about six. I have vague memories about teasing because of my Geordie accent when I started primary school – the accent is long gone – I sound like a proper southerner now.

School was average and no, I cannot boast any early pretensions about wanting to be a writer. I have mild dyslexia. At school, the muddled words and inability to remember anything by rote marked me out as lazy, or stupid, and usually both.

I was good at art and did begin A levels but the stress of still trying to tackle core subjects meant I dropped out fairly quickly and went into hairdressing.

Hairdressing and I got along fine. I travelled the world working on cruise liners, came home and opened my own salon.

Somewhere in the above, I got married too young and divorced. I could go into detail, but how long do you want this post to be? 

Anyway, I married again. This time I got it right. When pregnant with our first child, I sold the salon. I was not sure what I wanted to do next. In the throes of new motherhood, I decided I wanted to teach.

The big thing that had happened was computers. My husband bought one and persuaded me to ‘have a go.’ As soon as I poked that mouse and played that keyboard, I just knew that here was my salvation. Everything I battled with - illegible handwriting, misspelt words, lack of connectives – were now easily corrected with the machine’s help. I taught myself to type properly with an online course and took a degree with the Open University followed by a PGCE – I became a primary teacher.

Time has flown. Our two children have left the nest and it is many years since I had ‘my own class.’  Supply Teaching proved to be the answer for me. Working for a large agency allowed me to choose my working hours which gave me almost enough writing time. Then, finally, I decided it was time to give my writing a chance and gave up teaching altogether.

I began writing a ghastly ‘novel’ when I was working on those cruise liners. I cannot remember much about it, which is probably just as well. Something vaguely romantic scrawled into a notebook at first and then on one of those ‘brother’ typewriters that had a tiny screen showing the sentence in progress. The title was ‘Good People’. No idea why. 

These days I call myself a 'multi-author' because I write many different things.

On this site, you will find my dark fantasy series Crystal Bound. And also my new book, which will be part of a trilogy - The Mid Witch. This story about an older woman who discovers she is a witch just as she is battling the menopause is full of humour, magic and sex. It was a joy to write, and I am thrilled that readers are enjoying it.

I also write for children under the pen name Tiger Molly. So far I have two illustrated chapter books out for ages 8-12 with another in the pipeline and a picture book. Check out Tiger Molly there is a link above.

I am an artist and all my book covers and illustrations are my own. Back in the day I used to do book cover design but these days I don't have enough hours in the day. 

What else? Oh yes, the podcast... The Words & Pictures Podcast is fun to do. I love chatting with other book people. It is a lot of work but such a positive thing - have a listen! Words & Pictures Podcast comes out every Monday find it on your favourite app or ask Alexa or follow the link above.

Right, I think that's everything. Get in touch I'd love to hear from you! Find me on social media or use the contacts page.

All the best,

DJ

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