As a child, I loved reading, writing and making up stories. At school and at Durham university, the longer the essay, the more I enjoyed it! I progressed to writing an MA thesis on the philosopher H A Hodges, and returned to Durham do a PhD ten years later, both supervised by Ann Loades.
My PhD explored theology and women’s work at a time when Christian Feminism was in its infancy in the UK, and led to SPCK publishing my book A Woman’s Work. This was followed by Distorted Images on relations between the sexes, and Reconstructing Family Values. The books were written from a liberal Christian standpoint, and drew on sociology, psychology, history and popular culture as well as theology – with the first two illustrated by Posy Simmonds cartoons.
I moved into writing fiction in the late 1990s, initially as another way to explore key issues facing the Church of England at that time, such as women priests and sexual ethics. My first novel Messiahs Don’t Fly, was awarded the David St Thomas fiction prize in 2000. My other four novels are An Inspector Falls, No Perfect Priest, Doubles and Doubting Stephen, and all five books are available on Kindle.
More recently, I co-wrote When Shhh Is Not Enough with my Exam Team Development colleague Barbara Wynn, and wrote and presented an online training course for exam invigilators.
I have also researched and blogged about thriving as we age, which led to my talk “Feel your age and enjoy it anyway”. My original aim of writing a book on this topic went on hold when my table tennis volunteering took over.