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

I gained my first degree from Durham University (BA Psychology) and became a Studio Manager with the BBC 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.