I was born in 1978, and grew up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, at home with my mum, dad and little sister. It was a traditional childhood, punctuated with regular caravan holidays in Devon and Cornwall.

Sally Xerri-Brooks

In 1997 I left my home town for university. I initially started studying Mechanical Engineering. I was inspired by the film Reach for the Sky to become an artificial limb designer, which is how I came to choose that subject. This was however not to be. Half way through my studies I was unwell, and had to take a couple of years off. I returned to Leicester University to study for a BSc in Communications and Society, which I enjoyed very much, and took me in a completely different direction.

In 2003 I followed up my degree with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at De Montfort University, Leicester. This took me into the interesting world of news journalism.

Between 2005 and 2011 I worked in the NHS in various roles, including leading a communications team, and developing marketing campaigns. After a four year foray into charitable fundraising, I am now once again working in communications and engagement, most recently based at the University of Birmingham.

Writing has been the central feature of my career to date, as well as a large part of my time outside work.

In June 2012 I married the beautiful Rachel, who is a constant source of encouragement and good humour. She keeps me inspired as I continue with my literary adventures, while my daughter Gwyneth, who was born the following year, does her best to distract me from them!


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