I have been a writer for many years, but I did occasionally work as a drama teacher when I was younger. That was when I realised that there were very few plays suitable for children to perform in school, so I began writing plays for children aged between 6 and 11. I became involved in setting up a company called Playstage Junior, which publishes my plays and those of many other writers.

Then, when my son was a teenager, I became aware that teachers were struggling to interest their pupils in Shakespeare, so I embarked upon writing a series of young adult novels set in Elizabethan England, involving espionage, action and Shakespearian plots. The Nathan Fox books were nominated for various awards, so I created some fact books to accompany the novels, called The Elizabethan World of Nathan Fox. Both novels and fact books have become useful tools in English speaking schools around the world. These books are now published by Iris Books in London.

I also decided to add plays for teenagers to my repertoire. So Playstage YA was born and other writers began to add to its catalogue.

Then I started writing plays for older amateur actors. These have been performed all over the English-speaking world and, I am pleased to say, loved by audiences wherever they are performed. Playstage Senior is the imprint that publishes my plays and those of other playwrights, who specialize in plays for older actors.

In 2017, I began to write a series of period murder mysteries – called the Mayfair 100 series. Set in London during WW1, the books involve a secret team of professional policemen and educated women in solving crimes. The team are based in Mayfair, an upper-class area of London and Mayfair 100 is the telephone number. Book 1, called A Murder in Belgravia, was published in the UK by Mirror Books, at the beginning of 2018 and the second book in the series was published in the UK in March 2019. The American version of Book 1 was published by Crooked Lane Books in March 2019.

I was born in London and educated in London. While my children were young, we lived in Devon, near the sea, but then we all came back to London, when they became adults. For me, the lure of London is just too great. I love the history all around me, the theatres, galleries and museums. And, now, I live on a boat in a marina, with my husband and a dog, that is fed by the River Thames, the beating heart of London. My love for London grows all the time. It feeds my creativity like no other place in the world.



The rights to most of my books are administered by Iris Books, an imprint of Write Publications Ltd., 134 Buckingham palace Road, London SW1W 9SA.


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Tom BrittneySo many people look at my surname and ask if I am related to the actor, Tom Brittney. Yes, he’s my son. I am proud to say that I was his first drama teacher and I coached him for his auditions for drama school. But I can claim no responsibility for his career. He has forged that with his own talent and diligence. If you want to know more about Tom, then click here

I am very proud of my daughter too, but she is a private person and not in the creative industries, so I shall not write about her here.