The author was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, spending her formative years in Hounslow.
After leaving secondary education, she worked in a clerical capacity, first in London and latterly in Kent. She later left paid employment and became fulltime carer to her parents. In 1991, the family moved to North Tyneside, and it is the location the author has been pleased to call home ever since.
This book draws on characters and situations encountered by the author during her time in London—a time she regards with affection, apart from the oft-gruelling weekday commute from Kent!
Unworldly teenager Gemma was beginning her working life in a busy London office, with high hopes of following family tradition by establishing a career in the Civil Service. She had no idea a chance meeting a few days later would mean her chosen path heading way off course, sending her whole future ...