I’m a refugee from corporate life. I took a first degree in History at Oxford University longer ago than I care to remember. Early on, I worked in publishing for 10 years. I then took a masters degree in business administration at Warwick Business School, went into public sector 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 southwest 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.
I am also a novelist and writer of short stories. My first novel, The House at Zaronza, is set in early 20th-century Corsica and during World War I. I’ve recently finished a second novel set in 18th-century Corsica and Marseille. Further novels are jostling for position in my head.
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.