I write from a studio/shed in my townhouse garden in Oxford. A small space, it's perfect for cooking up bigger ones. I love to write about sprawling, dysfunctional families in curious, characterful settings. A crime usually beats at the heart of my books. As I love stories that envelope you in their world but also read at a page-turning pace, I try to write them too.
Married with three children. Owner of a very hairy and doting golden retriever called Harry.
Studied English Lit at Manchester University and went on to do a post-grad in journalism. I once edited a street fashion magazine, Scene (no longer on the scene, or in existence) and wrote for many publications including Dazed and Confused, Punch, InStyle, Red, Marie-Claire, You and national newspapers. I also wrote seven novels under the name Polly Williams. My first novel was The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy. It's not much like my Eve Chase books - I put in my 10,000 odd hours practise, and I think I got better.
I read all the time, happily hopping between authors and genres. My ever changing list of favourite authors include Maggie O'Farrell, Liane Moriarty, Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout, Diane Athill, Curtis Sittenfeld, Donna Tartt, Lisa Jewell, Elizabeth Fremantle, Hilary Mantel, and Barbara Vine.
I can't write to music, sadly. If I could, I'd listen to a lot of David Bowie and Neil Young.
Probably at my happiest gardening on a warm spring day. I'm obsessed by my garden. You should see my Annabelle hydrangeas.
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