Bryony was born in Enfield but spent most of her youth growing up in the North East of the UK near to Hartlepool before moving southwards again. She now lives in the remote wilds of Suffolk with her husband, four children and two dogs and cats where she is also a teacher.
She has always enjoyed writing, ever since she was a child and can't remember a time where she hasn't wanted a book in her hand. Following sixth form she took a degree in English and Drama at Roehampton University and gained a 2:1 honours and was then successfully offered a job for the East Anglian Daily Times in Ipswich as a junior reporter. Reluctantly she had to turn the offer down due to personal circumstances. Instead, she ended up doing a PGCE at the Cambridge University Homerton College and then embarked out in a new direction and a career in teaching. Bryony jokes, “If the situation had been different, I'd have been in print much quicker!”.
The seeds of her debut novel, "Mystery, Deceit and a School Inspector" actually began back in 2001, however it got put on a back burner for a few years as domestic life and work took over. She says, “I got my inspiration for it from work, and my school at the time had also just undergone an Ofsted inspection. I just started thinking, What would happen if...and it went on from there. Obviously none of the characters are real people! I just took some of the more obvious character traits of people I know or knew, whether at work, socially or just by reputation, then blew them up to bigger proportions. When I come up with an idea, I try to visualise it as if it is happening on a screen. Then I write down what I see and feel, as well as what I want other people to see and feel. Usually, I try to picture characters in a certain setting and think about how they would react.”
Bryony reads excessivley, all sorts of novels by different authors; my favourites are Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and Daphne du Maurier. With Ian Rankin, I love the Scottish background and the plots, and I think Ruth Rendell's way of pulling you into the book is fascinating. As for Daphne du Maurier, her style of writing just speaks for itself and is something that has inspired me. Either way, they are all great role models. That said I'm always finding new authors to read too.
She says, “Getting published on a no cost basis with Pneuma Springs Publishing was a real boost and gave me the springboard to do much more of what I really love doing, writing! (with plenty of reading thrown in for good measure of course)”. She now writes to appeal to the teenage mind.
“It's a constant juggle balancing writing and book promotion with work and home life but it's something that's a real passion for me now so I always try to find the time to write from somewhere. I also have a very supportive family so that helps a bit too. My second work, which has recently been completed and polished with some great feedback from a writers and readers site is a novel for the Young Adult genre titled OTOLI. I hope to publish title in the very near future. I also have plenty more ideas for the teenage reader. Watch this space, as the saying goes!”.