Lynne Barrett-Lee moved from London to Wales in 1994. Though she initially trained as a primary school teacher when she arrived here, she also began writing in earnest, and after several years as a short story writer, had her first novel, Julia Get a Life, published in 2000, followed by Virtual Strangers in 2001.
She is now the author of 7 novels, including Barefoot in the Dark, which was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award, and has also had fiction published under the pseudonym Daisy Jordan. She has also written two Quick Reads titles, for emergent readers, and, most recently, has turned her hand to ghost writing. She co-wrote the non-fiction memoir, Never Say Die, with Melanie Davies, a welsh paraplegic, and followed that by co-writing the bestselling misery memoir, I Won’t Forgive What You Did, with Faith Scott. Her most recent project was to ghost the story of Giant George, who was crowned the world’s tallest dog by Guinness in February 2010. She is currently ghosting another non-fiction memoir and also working on a new romantic comedy.
Lynne also writes a weekly column for the Western Mail Magazine, is a regular guest broadcaster on BBC Radio Wales.
Getting back to the classroom – albeit to teach older students than she originally expected – has long been an ambition, both to get her out of her draughty garret for a few hours a week, and to pass on the skills she’s learned over her fifteen years as a published writer