BiographyI was born in Carlisle in 1953, but my family moved to Glasgow shortly afterwards and I was brought up there until my mid-teens, attending Glasgow High School for Girls. Then when I was 15 my father, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the 'Flashman' books, wrote the first book in the series and the family moved to the Isle of Man, where I went to the Buchan School.
I've been writing all my life, for as long as I can remember. When I was very young both my parents were journalists, and the house was always full of books, and reading and writing stories and poems seemed to me to be the very stuff of life. I thought it was what everyone did.
I started writing professionally in 1992, between babies. Before that I was a commercial lawyer, and before that an advertising copywriter. I originally went into advertising because, having ambitions to become a writer of books, I assumed it was logical to work in some creative capacity connected with writing before I got round to penning my first novel. It also sounded like fun. In fact, it turned out that after writing copy for reclining armchairs and whisky all day, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was write more fiction. So, after working in Scotland for three years, I moved back to London and became a lawyer, which not only stretched me further intellectually, but also provided me with the background against which many of my books are set.
Now that my children have grown up, I have returned to full time legal work, but still write in the evenings and at weekends - in fact, whenever time permits and inspiration strikes.
My first novel The Pupil was based on my time spent in pupillage - which is something akin to an apprenticeship for becoming a barrister - and was written largely from a male standpoint. I don't know why this was; possibly because at that time most barristers' pupils were male, or perhaps because it lent the necessary distance to enable me to find a voice I was comfortable with. The novel deals with the trials and fortunes of Anthony Cross during his six month pupillage at Caper Court, and the various characters he meets in the eccentric world of the Inns of Court in London. Chief among these is Leo Davies, an attractive, talented, charismatic and extremely successful barrister, who happens to be bisexual, and under whose spell Anthony quickly falls.
Woody Allen once said that the advantage of being bisexual is that it doubles your chances of a date on Saturday night, and by the same reasoning a bisexual character doubles the number of possible romantic plotlines, something I exploited to the full in the Caper Court series of novels - of which there are presently six, The Pupil, Judicial Whispers, An Immoral Code, A Hallowed Place, A Perfect Obsession and A Calculating Heart.
Dealing with the same set of characters book after book is quite gruelling for a writer, so in between each Caper Court novel I have written six 'stand-alone' novels, which I like to think are romantic fiction for the thinking woman - The Trustees, An Inheritance, Beyond Forgiveness, A Little Learning, Familiar Rooms In Darkness and
A World Apart.
I live in London with my husband, who is a lawyer, and as many of our four grown-up children who happen to need a roof over their heads at any given time.