Jeannie grew up in Hong Kong on a small island that was a leprosy-treatment centre. She is half English and half Scottish. At 14 she moved to London with her family. She studied Art and English in Aberystwyth, where she met her husband, and later worked there in a small printing works as a typesetter. Next, she did a PGCE and taught Art and ESOL in high schools, and English in a university in China. For many years she taught ESOL to refugees in FE colleges. In her spare time she loves cycling off-road on the tow-paths and paths around West London and swimming in the sea or in ponds. She now lives in London with her family.
Jeannie is a member of SCBWI and the Society of Authors and is in two critique groups, one in real life and one online. Her debut was longlisted for the Branford Boase 2016 and the Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Award, and shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2016 and the Lancashire Book of the Year 2016 Award.
Terrorism divides her country. When sixteen-year-old K narrowly survives a bomb attack, she agrees to cross the line: to go under cover, befriending the radical young group held responsible. But it’s hard making friends when you’re lying. And what K discovers is far from black and white. Even enemies become real people \- and one boy is special. Can she ever tell him who she really is? Can love unite them all?