You write funny...

I spent my twenties as a civil servant, my thirties and most of my forties as an advertising copywriter and it was only as I hurtled towards fifty, that I found the confidence to start digging down into myself to write more creatively.

Since then, there have been four Hazel Osmond books published and I’ve written short stories that have won national competitions and been published in leading magazines.

The strong thread running through my writing is humour. While other children embraced Enid Blyton, I ran towards Richmal Crompton’s ‘William’ books. I’m fascinated by the way humour is a filter through which we respond to life. Sometimes it makes it easier to live with difficult situations; sometimes it pokes us awake to see what is unacceptable. It can be comforting, cruel, liberating.

I don’t think being funny is any barrier to being serious. On the other hand, the least funny person I ever met kept up a constant stream of jokes …

Humour runs through many of my award-winning short stories too, but the short story form also lets me play with different, sometimes darker, tones. And flash fiction, which I’ve just started writing, is another exciting challenge. Why not take a look at some of my work here.

As well as writing, I chair author and book events and generally skulk around in bookshops and libraries.

And where do I do all this? In Northumberland – a beautiful, wild place where I’ve set two of my books: The First Time I Saw Your Face and The Mysterious Miss Mayhew.