I have written a crime novel set in Cuba – Revolution Never Lies – which has been long-listed for the Debut Dagger.

I lived in Cuba in 2010 and have visited a number of times since 1998. It is a country in flux, making it ripe for a crime novel. Soviet-style communism has left a legacy of corruption, while the first stirrings of capitalism have spawned resentment and increasingly violent crime.

My novel follows the trials of a lowly criminal lawyer, who is defending the suspected murderer of a member of Cuba’s Central Committee.

I have also written a manuscript for a picture book – When Grandma turned into a Parrot – inspired by the relationship my kids have with their grandma, who has Alzheimer’s.