After growing up in a small Lancashire village, Christine Stephenson left school at fifteen. In her late teens she met people whose lives were complicated, fuelled by drugs, and filled with violence and aggression. There were others too, in her mid-twenties, everyday people, educated, with careers, who had decent parents; people who you wouldn’t look at twice in the street. They were worse; she knew the victims of their crimes too.
When she was nineteen, she moved to the South West. A move that would anchor there most of her life. Her career was eclectic. She worked in personnel management for many years. Prior to becoming a writer, she ran her own consultancy which included executive and corporate coaching, personality profiling, training and development. It was here that her love of writing bloomed.
In 2008 her husband’s job dictated that they move to South Gloucestershire. This in turn, led to a brand-new life. They now live just outside a small medieval town, set between Bristol and Bath.
In 2009, she decided it was time to study the craft and undertook the A215 in Creative Writing with Open University, and later followed that with an MA Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, graduating with Merit in 2016. Her work was included in the university’s Sparks Anthology and she gained representation with Andrew Nurnberg and Associates soon after. She spent the following eighteen months writing and editing what is now her debut novel. In May 2018 Christine was delighted to accept a contract with Bloodhound Books. She Lies Hidden was released on the 24 September 2018 and made the Amazon Kindle Top One Hundred Best Seller List.
She is currently working on her next novel.