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About Me

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I grew up in Gloucester and studied Experimental Psychology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.  Writing under my own name and the pseudonyms Olivia Darling, Stella Knightley and Stephanie Ash, I am the author of thirty-six novels including Sunday Times Bestsellers RUNNING AWAY FROM RICHARD, SEVEN SUNNY DAYS and THE MATCHBREAKER. My work has been published in over 14 countries including Taiwan (where my Olivia Darling debut VINTAGE was a top five bestseller) Romania, Russia, Japan, Thailand and Turkey, among others.

I have also worked as a screenwriter and have recently applied the knowledge I gained in that field to teaching creative writing.  I’ve written features (and obituaries) for several national papers and magazines. Together with Jessica Adams, I was one of the original editors of the Girls’ Night In series of anthologies in aid of WarChild. 

When I’m not writing, I enjoy drawing and creating book covers.  I am also learning to speak German.