My greatest love has always been words, reading and writing – I discovered the wonder and world of books and my local library at an early age.  

In them I found that a whole host of characters and worlds beckoned me to join them in their story and on their journey. I loved the fact that I could be part of and escape to these imaginary and colourful worlds – and then still be home for tea!

Then fast forward to grown-up life where my proofreading and copy-editing skills were honed by the daily writing of reports, attention to detail was a key attribute. Over 20 years in a variety of roles within financial services companies – high street banks, one of the big 5 accountancy firms, independent Confidential Invoice Discounters and a FTSE 250 Merchant Bank – have taught me that the importance of clear grammar, correct spelling and good use of punctuation to deliver a well presented document can and does truly speak volumes.

Writing for my own pleasure has gradually become a source of creativity and joy – and as any writer will know also a source of frustration! And so if you’re stuck with your plot, your characters etc, I really do understand what it’s like – the struggle is real… I regularly write articles for our motorbike club magazine and attend a local writers club in Newcastle. I’m also at various stages of writing a non-fiction book, a first novel and a children’s book.

Pride and Joy Editorial Services was born out of all of this to provide helpful proofreading and copy-editing services to writers and authors. As an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) I have studied with them and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) to reach a recognised level of professional training. I believe that continuing professional development will help me to help my clients in a positive way, so win-win!

Originally a Black Country girl born and bred, home is now near Durham in the North East of England. We have a collection of 3 grown up children, 6 grandchildren and 5 classic and restored motorbikes.

My greatest passions are, in no particular order, a proper cup of tea made in a teapot and served in a china cup, the great outdoors and trekking, the written word of a good book, travel, classic motorbikes and cars, good South American red wine, spirituality, yoga, music of all genres, especially live music, self care and wellbeing.

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