Ok, so I’ll try to avoid that deluded state where you really do believe that everyone wants to hear your cute childhood stories, and keep to the important stuff.

I was born in Glasgow, where I spent my teenage years dreaming of the day I'd follow in Jackie Collins footsteps all the way to a life of decadent glamour and a kidney shaped swimming pool in LA.

Alas, the combination of bills and a nocturnal predisposition changed my course, and I opted for a career in nightclub management in Scotland, then with Sheraton Hotels in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

In 1993, I’d moved back to my native Glasgow to take up a new role with Hilton Hotels, when a guy I hated on sight walked in. I changed my mind after thirty seconds. Seven days later, we moved in together, threw an engagement party and twenty-three years down the line he still hasn't made a bid for escape.

I still harboured that dream of writing, and I eventually acted on it when I hit 30, had a mid-life crisis, and penned the first three chapters of my book What If?. I sent it off to five publishers and two agents and crossed my fingers.

On March 18th 2000 I got my first publishing deal at 3pm. At 4pm I found out I was pregnant.

Many romcoms and two children later, I decided to write the dark, twisted bonkbuster that had been inside me for years, so I created the pseudonym Ronni Cooper and went on to publish Rock Chicks and Manhattan.

There was another change of identity in 2014, when I teamed up with a pal from my teenage years, Good Morning Britain's entertainment correspondent Ross King, and we became Shari King. Our thriller, Taking Hollywood hit the bookshelves in 2014, and the sequel, Breaking Hollywood followed in 2015.

Rights for various books have been bought by publishers in Russia, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Indonesia and in Germany, I'm published by an amazing team at Lübbe.

So now we're up to the present day. I live near Glasgow in a house with three males (one large, two slightly smaller) and a Labradoodle. When I'm not working on my novels or distracting myself with online shopping, I write a weekly opinion column for the Daily Record, Scotland's national newspaper. You can read my witterings online at www.dailyrecord.co.uk.

I also write a weekly Book Club page for the same paper, reviewing new releases and generally talking about all things booktastic.

So, I think that's everything. Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I can't believe I managed to fill a whole page and I haven't even got around to those cute childhood stories yet.... run while you can.


Shari xx