From Nurse to Crime Writer
After nearly thirty years in the NHS as a specialist mental health nurse, nowadays I write crime. Why? Well, firstly I had to give up nursing when my heart went wonky and I needed to save my own sanity, and secondly because ever since Peter Rabbit risked his life in Mr McGregor’s garden, I’ve been thrilled by thrillers and crime.
A girl has to keep busy, and you can’t write if you don’t experience life. Adding to a few decades worth of domestic drama and working at the sharp edge of Mental Health services, my life can dish up some great little treats to write about. Here is a brief list to demonstrate what I mean.
- I learnt to ride a motorcycle aged fifty blah-blah.
- Pubs are great places for people-watching, picking up tips, quips and unusual turns of phrase.
- Dog walking- it’s always the dog walker who finds the body.
- Adventures – no matter how small. Take a different route, explore.
- Train journeys – especially ones where a fellow passenger turns out to be a druid and tells you all about it from Milton Keynes to Llandudno.
- Rugby matches, and singing loudly on public transport even when sober ( pre-Covid).
- Being a panel member for a local BBC Radio Lifestyle show.
- Watching village am-dram productions.
- Going to see a band in a venue with sticky carpets and dodgy toilets.
- Being the incompetent crew on a boat.
- Trying to learn Welsh and failing.
The list goes on.
Because I like to share what I know I also give talks, mostly on the subject of bumping people off. If you’d like to know more then please explore the rest of the website.