Martine Lillycrop was born an army brat in Cyprus. Living abroad for most of her childhood gave her a different perspective on life, and when her family finally settled in the UK s...view moreMartine Lillycrop was born an army brat in Cyprus. Living abroad for most of her childhood gave her a different perspective on life, and when her family finally settled in the UK she found civilian life a bit odd. (What? You’ve lived here, in one place, your entire life!?)
She’s always had a passion for writing, and, despite having no formal training, worked hard on spelling and stuff so she could put a sentence together. In 2003 she earned a BA(Hons) in Interactive Multimedia Communications (that’s making websites), but she immediately went back to writing novels while raising her two children as a single parent.
Still looking for literary acclaim (ahem!) she has written three novels and one disaster. She’s yet to find an agent and, by association, a traditional publisher. But (not to be deterred) she has self-published her books so she’s got somewhere to put them while writing the next one.
In 1996 she had a non-fiction book, Shamanica, published by Capal Bann under the name Martine Ashe. The opening chapters of her latest book, High Tide in the City, was awarded a professional review as a prize for achieving bestseller status on YouWriteOn.com.
She currently lives with her two teenage kids, 4 cats and a dotty (in more ways than one) Dalmatian.view less