I was born in Somerset, and worked for a seaside photography studio, later writing history articles for a free magazine and my local weekly newspaper, before going to university.

I gained my first degree from Durham University (BA Psychology) and joined the BBC as a Studio Manager at Broadcasting House and BBC World Service.

I was a Senior Broadcast Journalist and a member of a local station's management team until 2011 when I decided to become a full-time writer, researcher, and local government officer, mainly working with parish councils.

My MA degree is in English Local History (Nottingham), and I hold the Certificate in Local Government Administration. Currently, I work with five local parish authorities, and I am a trustee of my local Community Library.