It was during my time at BBC News Online that my interest in online media began and over the following years I could see how the rapid growth of social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) eroded the power of the traditional press.
I came out in 1993, when I was 23 years old, and have become a keen advocate of LGBTQ+ rights. My writing often focuses on homophobia within the newspaper industry. I met my husband in 1996 and we became foster carers in 2006. Since then we have cared for more than 30 children and young people – sometimes for just a few days, sometimes for years.
My first novel, Exposé, was published in 2014. It followed a particularly tumultuous period for the British media, when the phone-hacking scandal was being exposed and other parts of the media – including the BBC – were being heavily criticised for the way they handled other serious issues. But despite parodying many in the media, I was pleased that Exposé received fantastic reviews in national publications - including a four-star rating from The Sun.