I’m a refugee from corporate life. I read History at Oxford University longer ago than I care to remember. At the beginning of my career, I worked in publishing for 10 years. I then took a masters degree in business administration at Warwick Business School, went into public sector audit and research and finally decided there was more to life than the four walls of an office. My husband and I moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in SW France in 1997.
My day job is running my own business writing serious stuff for clients. I also write about life in France and about writing and literary history for magazines and journals.
In my spare time, I am an author of short stories and a novelist. My debut novel, The House at Zaronza, was published in July 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing. Based on a true story and set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front during World War I, it follows the fortunes of Maria Orsini, the daughter of a bourgeois Corsican family.
The novel is available in paperback and e-book formats from:
When I’m not doing any of those things I like food and wine; yoga and walking (antidote to the first interest); music – anything by Mozart, especially Don Giovanni, or Chopin; creating a garden out of a rocky wilderness; and annoying French bureaurats (oops Freudian slip, of course I meant ‘-crats’), especially by hanging onto my maiden name, which completely bewilders them.