Born of Swiss parentage, Margaret’s first language was French. Her early enjoyment of stories such as ‘Le Chat Botté’ was followed by voracious reading of English books, such that she even became a Puffin Book Club member.
Although involved in a range of extracurricular activities such as dance and piano and also in academic pursuits, winning the school English prize and becoming Head Girl as well, being a polymath her eventual choice of career was in the field of science.
A degree in Chemistry from York University was followed by three years as an industrial research scientist in the same discipline. And it was romance over the test tubes as Margaret met her husband-to-be, Tony.
Margaret relished the start of her career in education which saw her eventual progression to Head of Chemistry. This was interrupted by the arrival of Margaret’s three daughters.
At the age of fifty, Margaret returned to the more creative activities which had delighted her in her youth. She attended courses including Writing for Children, Script Writing, Radio Play Writing and Novel Writing resulting in several successes: short-listed in an internet short-story competition; commissioned literacy work for York University and a regular slot in the local parish magazine with short stories, poems and articles.
Her affinity for teenagers, reflected in her career in education and youth work, and her interest in Science, prompted her novel Cat’s Eyes. This is an adventure tale about a troubled thirteen-year-old girl, against a school backdrop with a science fiction flavour.