I grew up in London between Hampstead and Highgate and later in Hertfordshire. I developed from a young book worm and secret scribbler into an adult bookworm and scribbler. Occasionally, I even got paid for the words.
I studied at Exeter University and later did a Master’s degree at Cardiff, University of Wales. After I married I lived for several years in Canada and the US and briefly, Mexico.
I now live in Bristol where I worked for some years at the University of Bristol. I also taught creative writing and did freelance work for various agencies and magazines.
After my children left home I decided to become the world’s oldest backpacker for a year. I sold my house and followed in the footsteps of those intrepid 19th century lady travellers – I self-published a book about my adventures called Vagabond Shoes which won the novel prize at the Winchester Writers’ Conference.
Fran Kempton is a reclusive writer fleeing from the clutches of Jane Austen. She has an obsession with Italy.
“Fantastic” (Top 500 Amazon reviewer)
Highspirited, great fun and full of rackety Georgian atmosphere – Daily Mail.
Maria Caroline Bolitho was a tough, honest and compassionate traveller whose spirit survives in her diaries.” (Barnaby Rogerson, Eland Books).
It’s never too late to have a gap year.