“Fast-paced, intriguing and psychologically astute”
– steve mosby, author of you can run
Because of a love of travel, 10 years after my Austrian father met my English Rose mother over cheap Chianti and cappuccino whilst studying in the Umbrian hills, I was born in Greenwich, London.
My (patchy) academic career culminated in a degree in Drama & English. I hankered after the RSC but was mainly cast as prostitutes, bimbos and drug dealers (draw your own conclusions): see Pete Cattaneo’s Screen Two film, Loved Up as the high point in my acting career. Eventually I slid smoothly behind the camera instead – having endured an audition in which I was commanded to be ‘ witty with a Pringle crisp’ that was the final straw.
Far happier out of the limelight, my directing career spanned MTV to documentaries, allowing me to travel the world, filming oil barons in Oklahoma or Viagra merchants in Surrey (yes really), pop stars in New York or dysfunctional families looking for a fresh start in Australia – although it wasn’t all glamour (I’ve been sworn at, punched in Amsterdam’s red light district, threatened and propositioned more than once – which kept me on my toes). I was also busy writing features for The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Having my first baby in 2004 inspired my first book LULLABY, written in a bid to stay at home with him. Since then I’ve had six novels published, by both Harper Collins and Bookoutre, both in the UK and internationally. I never stop writing, be it the psychological suspense thrillers that I’ve become known for, as well as stage and screenplays.
I live in London with my very tall partner and our brood of children, the cat and Colin the dog. I’m also a qualified Gestalt therapist and love this side of my life: it’s all part of my fascination and eternal study of human behaviour.
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