I grew up in London where I graduated in Modern languages and moved to Spain, where I earned a PhD Thesis on Language Acquisition. I’ve taught English language and literature at schools and Universities in Spain until I took early retirement in 2019 to have more time for my literary pursuits. I live with my husband in Córdoba and I have three children and five grandchildren.
I’m happiest when I’m spending time with my children and grandchildren. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m taking photos, cooking, or going for long walks.
I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with Victorian England since I was a teenager, thanks to Sister Catherine who first introduced me to the mischievous Victorians when we read The Lady in White by Wilkie Collins, aloud in class.
My favourite Victorians are Mary Shelley, The Brontes, George Eliot, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and the poets Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde, Tennyson, the Brownings, and a very special mention to Charles Dickens, the greatest Victorian of them all. They all pop up in my novels.
I would never have felt the power of prose, if I had not read Jane Eyre, when I was an impressionable and romantic thirteen-year-old. However, I would never have fully appreciated Jane Eyre, if I had not read Wide Sargasso Sea thirty years later, when I was an active and overrun mother of three teenage children. Finally, I would never have had the idea of writing this novel, if I had not taught Postcolonial Literature in English to undergraduates, whose lively discussions and thought-provoking questions ignited my overactive imagination. As a result, both novels merged in my mind to re-emerge by my audacious pen. My humble and sincere tribute to both literary giants, who contributed to make me not only the writer I am, but also the person I have become.
I hope you enjoy visiting my blog, Rereading Jane Eyre, where you will find articles on Victorian Literature, especially posts about Jane Eyre.
I also post about things that interest me such as book reviews, poems, flash fiction, and motivational posts.
You will also be able to read updates and information about The Eyre Hall Series. It started as a trilogy, but I couldn’t stop! Read all about it on my Home Page.