Penelope came to New Zealand as an eleven-year-old after a childhood spent in India and Pakistan. As an only child, reading was her hobby – she read everything that came her way, a habit which has continued throughout her life.

On leaving school she trained as a nurse, without fully considering that a brisk default attitude of ‘pull yourself together and stop whining’ might not be an ideal prerequisite for the industry. Conceding, at last, that nurturing was not her dominant characteristic, she changed career path and after graduating with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, moved into management consultancy, which better suited her personality type.

After some years of family life she worked as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, spending her days ferrying clients into strips in the Marlborough Sounds and discouraging students from killing her as she taught them to fly.


Since 2015, Penelope has written five novels: The Lost One - 2015, Princess of Sparta - 2015 and The Claire Hardcastle Mysteries; Death on D’Urville - 2016, Straight and Level - 2017, Stall Turns - 2018.


Paperback editions can be purchased within New Zealand from Paper Plus, Unity Books and other reputable book stores and suppliers. Alternatively, they can be ordered from Penelope’s website, and you can visit Penelope on Facebook.


Penelope lives with her husband, dog, cat and horse in Otaki, New Zealand.


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