What do you want to know?
I can give you details, such as where I was born (Fulham, London), or what my background is (Irish). Are you interested in the fact I'm an only child? Or that I've been reading voraciously ever since I first decoded my Janet and John books?
Maybe you want to find out what I did for a living before words were my bread and butter. I worked in the silverware buying department of John Lewis; I can talk credibly about butter knives. I ran a wool shop; I can knit socks. I produced radio commercials; I can swan around Soho with a mobile glued to my ear. I was a voiceover agent with a starry client list; I can tell you what Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Rob Brydon are really like.
Or do you want a tale of creative woe about the heartbreaking process of being published? No good asking me for that; the first agent I approached took me on, and the first publisher she called gave me a book deal.
Since then I've written six novels as Bernadette Strachan, before writing three as Juliet Ashton, three as Claire Sandy and another two in the pipeline. I also co-write musicals, as Bernie Gaughan, the same name I use for my screenwriting.
I'm married, if that matters. To a man called Matthew, who's a composer; we write those aforementioned musicals together. Do you need to know that I have a daughter? Just the one. There are dogs, lots of books, a bit of baking.
Now you know everything.