I live in Portsmouth and love my seaside city. My passions are family, friends, reading, writing and the sea.
My Grandma read me stories, then came the magic of learning to read for myself. After failing the 11-plus, I was rescued by my English teacher, Vera Clarke, who fed my imagination with poetry and Thomas Hardy.
At 42 I studied for a degree in English and History. One of our lecturers said, “You are going to spend the next three years being paid to read books.” How privileged we were.
Later I joined the Hogsback Writers. Among them was the author Rebecca Tope, who became my mentor. The other great influence was the annual Dunford Novelists’ weekend. At the Winchester Writers’ Conference, I met Carolyn Caughey, an editor from Hodder & Staughton and, six novels later, I am still writing.
© Julia Bryant 2014