After studying Russian and Italian at university (useful only when it came to meeting Gorbachev and ordering pizza – though not at the same time), I did a stint as a journalist writing for The Daily Mirror, The Sunday People and Just Seventeen magazine.

I also ran the student radio programme on LBC and threw myself out of an aeroplane with a microphone in a bid to become the next Valerie Singleton.

When this didn’t work I went into television production instead, working with the likes of Terry Wogan, Clive Anderson, Esther Rantzen, Paul Whitehouse and many more.

I left TV after the birth of my daughter in 2008 and have been writing ever since. My first book was published in February 2011.