I’m reinventing myself after thirty-four years of working as a nurse in the NHS and gaining much insight into the human condition!
I’ve always loved reading books and writing my own stuff. Many years ago I completed a BA in humanities with the Open University, during which I enjoyed studying contemporary, Victorian and feminist literature. Much enthused I took a creative writing course and was strongly advised to publish my work.
I’ve travelled extensively across the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia and I enjoy bringing a sense of the exotic, both real and imaginary to my work.
My preferred genre is Science Fiction, an interest sparked by my late father, James Hopkins, who encouraged me to explore anything and everything that was larger than myself; history, literature, cosmology, astronomy, philosophic argument and what it is that makes us who we are. His love of photography also led to my own interest. The cover of my first novel, ‘The Seed of the Violet Tree’, and the photos on this website are all my own work.
My writing goal is to tell incredible stories through believable characters, encouraging the reader to pause and reflect on their own place in this amazing creation we are all a part of. After all, who hasn’t included ‘The Universe’ at the end of their postal address during childhood?
When I’m not writing I’m playing my saxophone. You’ll find one somewhere in all my work. I have a static caravan right by a deserted beach near Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland and this is my favourite spot to write, stargaze, cycle and go for long walks with my camera.
I live in England, in the quirky semi-rural town of Ramsbottom that provides just about everything a person could ever need. Located on the gateway to the Pennines it is in easy reach of the wonderful city of Manchester yet I have the empty vastness of open moorland right on my doorstep.
I live with my husband Paul who is my bestfriend and the love of my life.