My first novel, a romantic comedy called Home Comforts, has been published by Corazon Books. Becoming a published author has also given me the fantastic opportunity to join the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
After studying for a BSc in Psychology in Plymouth, I have often wondered whether I should have carried on to become a clinical psychologist, but, unfortunately, the lazy eighteen-year-old Ali thought she knew better! Instead, my career has included teaching aerobics in the early 1980s, working as a sales negotiator in a local estate agent, then spending twenty-three years as a civil servant. Looking for a different challenge I decided to resign, and for the last five and a half years I have been working part-time as a personal assistant to a lady with Alzheimer’s. Apart from being very rewarding, it has given me the opportunity to write Home Comforts in my spare time. I have also had letters and articles published in Prima Magazine and Woman’s Weekly.
I really enjoy reading romantic fiction, but I’m also partial to a good crime thriller or sentimental animal books. I’m a real animal lover and am the proud owner of Lola, a bonkers, mud-loving Labradoodle, and Winnie, our feisty rescue cat. There is also a semi-feral teenage son who lurks in a dark corner of the house. He is mainly nocturnal, coming out to forage when the house is quiet and leaving a trail of destruction behind him. I wouldn’t change him for the world though.