Hi I am Veronica
I spent my childhood in a pretty seaside resort on the Isle of Wight. We lived near the cliff which has fabulous views of Sandown bay. Like many other local residents, my mother ran a guest house for holidaymakers during the summer months. Despite my resentment of the intruders, I always enjoyed our summers by the sea and still love to walk along the cliff path whenever I return to the Island to catch up with family and school friends.
After leaving school, where my main claims to fame were persistent truanting and producing rude caricatures of the teaching staff for the school magazine, I studied modern languages at the University of Exeter, then spent several years in France and gained a doctorate in French literature. I subsequently had lecturing and research posts at the Open University, the University of Sussex and Nairobi University in Kenya where my family and I spent three very happy years. I particularly enjoyed teaching adults, and eventually became a principal research officer at the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education in Leicester. In 2007 I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University for service to education.
After publishing a number of books on education, I have turned to writing fiction. I have always loved reading and writing stories, and after a period producing academic books and reports, I am now able to concentrate on writing fiction - novels and short stories. Aftermath of a Murder is my first published novel and I have been short-listed for several short story awards.
I live in a leafy part of Brighton where I have a view of the Downs. Writing and painting are my favourite occupations, closely followed by playing tennis and, latterly, gardening. I have three grown-up children and an eccentric cat called Noodles.