Born in St Helens but having lived in Liverpool for most of my childhood and young adult life, I was educated at a public girls' school in the city. This is where my interest in writing began. My pet Labrador at the time, Tara, inspired me as I wrote an essay about her for my Eleven Plus - she brought me luck! I was always keen on English Language, French and Latin at school having developed an interest in languages from an early age. This developed into a hobby learning the language of the countries I holidayed in, taking French to post A level and later gaining qualifications in Spanish and Italian.