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 8 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. In 2007, she turned her hand to ghostwriting, co-writing the non-fiction memoir, Never Say Die, with Melanie Davies, a Welsh paraplegic. She has since ghosted a further 24 memoirs – some bearing her name, others not – including the global best seller The Girl With No Name and the harrowing account of the murder of Bridgend teenager Rebecca Aylward, Bye Mam, I Love You.
Lynne now has 18 Sunday Times bestsellers to her name, and her most recent project is Able Seacat Simon, a novel based on the true story of a famous ship’s cat, which is published by Simon and Schuster in February 2016.
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 more mature 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 twenty years as a published author.