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I wrote my first novel aged 14, a 900 page Jilly-Cooper-style romp entitled Players. In the words of my best friend at the time: ‘The only thing worse than the sex scenes are the football scenes.’ Then teenage life, partying, exams and University took over.
I left Oxford wanting to write for money, and ended up getting a job with Lesley Pollinger as her assistant. It was then I realised that I wanted to write fiction specifically for young adults. I enrolled on an evening class at the City Lit, a term later got a place on the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA, and hammered out the first draft of‘In Bloom in six weeks for a competition.