From journalism to copywriting…
After reading French and German at Jesus College, Oxford, I trained as a journalist with The Thomson Organisation, which at the time owned The Times and The Sunday Times as well as a large portfolio of magazines.
I wrote about farming, accountancy and personal finance on several different business magazines before becoming editor of Moneywise Magazine for Reader’s Digest. Along the way I freelanced for many national papers and appeared regularly on TV and radio as a personal finance pundit.
After a while my professional interest switched to nutrition and health. I became editor of Slimming Magazine, then Slimming World Magazine, and launched Sweet, a magazine for people living with diabetes.
Realising that I have a passion for words that persuade, I decided to back that up with a qualification by studying for a Diploma in Marketing Communications. I’m now freelance and have 10 years’ experience writing copy and content for agencies and directly for clients.
When I’m not writing, I write…
Confession time: I am a super-fan of The Archers (BBC Radio 4) and write a weekly blog about the show, The Ambridge Observer, which has had more than a million page views and counting.
I’ve written one novel and am working on a second, with the aim of being a commercially published author.
I also write poetry, belong to local writers’ groups and am involved with the annual Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival.
" Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they'll go through anything. You read them and you're pierced.
Brave New World