I’m a novelist and I live in the countryside with my husband, my children and an endlessly growing book collection.
I have always loved writing and words. When I was little I lived on a Somerset trout farm and I made the most of having the time and space to imagine things. I was always claiming to be Dick Whittington and disappearing to the duck shed (aka London), or building dens and trying to persuade our dog that her name was Toto (she would only ever answer to Nancy). My parents are book fiends, and they used to read to me and my brother every night. Those stories and characters are with me still: The Secret Garden; Swallows and Amazons; I Capture the Castle; Watership Down. I was always the child who asks for one more chapter and who reads under the covers after lights out. As I grew up I started writing stories and now, many years later, I am so happy that my books are in bookshops across the country, and are being translated into nine languages and counting.
When not writing I enjoy people-watching, karaoke and adding cheese to absolutely all of my meals. I am clinically incapable of walking past a bookshop without going in, and am frequently to be found trying to look relaxed while my daughter scales the climbing frame in our local playground.
I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch to talk books or writing. You can say hello on Twitter (@marshisms) or via my Facebook page and we can go from there.