I’ve always liked things nice girls shouldn’t mention in polite conversation – politics, religion, sex and money. I studied history at university because of it.
In my early teens I was devouring Jean Plaidy and Winston Graham novels by the dozen. At university I moved onto first hand testimony including the Roman classics, Norse sagas and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
Now my interest and inspiration is in the development of the urban middle class, particularly the development of the medical profession in Edinburgh and London.
My Tales of Tooley Street series is inspired by a real family of Apothecary Surgeons, the Leadams, who lived and worked there from the late 18th century to the mid 19th century.