I've been writing all my life. Working as a nurse, I wrote books for nurses as well as having regular columns in numerous nursing magazines.
Then I discovered a fascinating true story about a nurse who was murdered on a train in 1920. After a couple of years of part-time research, I published 'The Nightingale Shore Murder', the true story of the unsolved murder of Florence Nightingale's god-daughter. This was the inspiration for the Channel 5 programme 'Agatha and the Truth of Murder.'
Now I always have a research project on the go, producing more stories of history, mystery and true crime ...
Apart from nursing, I have been the Director of the Queen's Nursing Institute and CEO of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. I have an Honorary Doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University and I am an Honorary Professor at Buckinghamshire New University. In 2008, I was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire - CBE - for services to nursing and healthcare.