In 1969, In Coalville Leicester shire, I was actually born. My mum tells me that I was an odd kid. I spent most of my early childhood, hanging onto my older sister by her ankles. She looked out for me and looked after me. She was my voice when I found it difficult to speak. A trooper and throughout my life, my hero. I was the 'new girl', at school, 16 times in 10 years, moving each time a new posting was offered to my family courtesy of the Royal Navy. I spent the majority of my time in school avoiding relationships, and became an expert in the art of flicking notes to other kids. My intention was to make them laugh however this often backfired and I would find myself grassed up for being a twat. I ran away and joined the Army shortly after leaving school since the circus already had to many clowns. It was the first time I ever felt what it was like to belong. I was no longer an outsider looking in. I am mum to two grown up girls, and gran to two amazing little kids who actually, keep me alive. I now reside in a small town called Belper on the outskirts of Derbyshire. From my little home I sit and write.