My 2016 surprise appearance in the studio audience of Loose Women USA (bottom right) still ranks only just below football, rain, and Bake Off accidents, as a talking point for the British public.   I've since bought new glasses and moved on.

My 2016 surprise appearance in the studio audience of Loose Women USA (bottom right) still ranks only just below football, rain, and Bake Off accidents, as a talking point for the British public. I've since bought new glasses and moved on.


After a glittering career as a celebrated novelist…

...in a past life, my writing career in this life started on an industrial estate in Gloucester.

Here in a dingy office, shared with a debt-collection firm, and rats, I wrote copy for Superdry.

They made for unpleasant company. But the rats were ok.

It wasn't always as glamorous as it sounds, but I did learn about craft. And that I loved writing.

Over the next few years, I wrote as a newspaper correspondent.

Then as a copywriter for a marketing agency. 

And as the wallpaper peeled around me, and the rats and I got onto first name terms - I dreamed of somewhere more exotic...

...so I wrote an application for Watford.

It was there that I learnt the power of great ideas. And that there's a town out there that's every bit as exotic as Gloucester.

Now, having written campaigns at Fallon and CHI, and submitted Drama and Comedy teleplays for BBC Writersroom - I'm freelancing at London agencies.

And still flexible on their vermin situation.