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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.

The 2019 Beaconlit Fest with Morgen Bailey and our two spare brains

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.

Member of The Crime Writers Association

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.