I was born in the small market village of Guisborough, in Cleveland, England. As I grew up, I moved form place to place, due to circumstances with my parents. This gave me the chance to experience different people, as well as different places, and build up life experience that many haven't had even in their late thirties or fourties!
I never had a computer, or games console when I was younger, and I was never allowed friends over, so I threw myself into my three passions, the three things I do best and love most; reading, writing, and drawing.
I've always been influenced by many different authors, but the one who inspired me to write when I was a little girl, was Enid Blyton. I loved her books, all of them winding little fairy-worlds and magical creatures. In my opinion, they are some of the most amazing children's stories ever written. I also used to love all the Ladybird series, particularly Beauty and the Beast. I was always drawn to slightly darker fairytales as I got older, such as Red Riding Hood.
When I was eleven or so, I became interested in horror, thanks in part to R.L.Stines 'Goosebumps' series. I started to read more classical literature, my favourite (and stil lis today) being Charles Dickens. His characters seemed so colourful and gritty, that I found them more intriguing than any others. As the years passed, I began to enjoy others classical books, such as 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', and the infamous 'Dracula'.
I also enjoyed Gerald Durrell's family memoirs, the first one I ever read being 'My Family and Other Animals'. I have never liked autobiographies or memoirs, but he wrote them with such a flair, and wrote descriptions so vivid you felt you were there, even including a wonderful sense of humour.
So overall, I would say my biggest influences were; Enid Blyton, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Gerald Durrell, and Bram Stoker, among others.