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I never thought I’d become a writer. My dream was to play tennis professionally, but my career was cut short at 18 by a devastating diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In my early twenties I was encouraged to write my personal story, and this was the beginning of a new journey. Since writing my autobiography, A Will to Win, I have written five novels, published both in the UK and abroad. I am a romantic at heart, and enjoy writing about the trials of love and relationships, and I often use disability as a theme.

My first novel, ‘Look the World in the Eye’, was long-listed for the Guildford Literary Festival Pendleton May First novel award, 2005, and for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2006. I devise most of my plots out dog walking with Darcy, my handsome Lucas Terrier.

It's a fact

The first romantic novel with a happy ending was 'Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded', by Samuel Richardson, published in 1740. She marries the boss – eventually!