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I write both fiction and non-fiction books. As a novelist, I write suspenseful mysteries filled with atmosphere. I love a good location, an unreliable narrator, and glamorous characters, plus a dose of humour.


As a non-fiction author, I write accessible self-help books on everyday wellbeing, dropping the digital and anti-perfectionist calm.

To read a free sample & order the ebook from Amazon go here. Paperback available from to support your local bookshop* (Please ignore the ‘out-of-stock’ notice. You will receive your book!)  Also available from any online bookstore.


Do you feel more stressed, and less rested, than ever before? Do you feel you’re always running to catch up, but never quite make it? Are you searching for a route back to your calmer self, without adding yet another thing to your to-do list?

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If you’d like to feel more in charge of your brain and your life, this book is for you.


You’ll learn how to reclaim genuine calm through personal stories, facts, quizzes (try a free one here) and a six-step plan that fits into your real life, not around it. You won’t need to have a daily meditation practice. You won’t even need to buy a scented candle.


Instead, discover the lowdown on stress, how YOU have the power to change your relationship with it, and real-world exercises to give you back your true self, every day of your life:

  • Find your frazzle status – and learn how to cope in a crisis.

  • Get the ultimate toolkit to manage your smartphone use.

  • Discover a super-simple method to get your best night’s sleep yet.

  • Learn how to find head space you thought you’d lost.

  • Read how people survive the challenges of immigration detention, using the same methods you’ll learn about here.

  • Get the latest neuroscience to help you rewire your stress response.


Frazzled? Then discover the solution: a tale of hope and a step-by-step plan to recover your true self and reclaim your calm. Unfrazzle is your manual for thriving in a twenty-first century life.


Indispensible…Drawing on her extensive experience of working in immigration detention, Stephanie Lam will help you identify your own key stressors and suggest simple, practical ways to lessen the pressure so you can become clearer-thinking, more relaxed and enjoy life once more.’ Sarah Rayner, author of Making Friends with Anxiety.


‘Recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the world: practical, calming, with a wonderful writing style.’ Kate Harrison, author of the 5:2 Books.


‘A fascinating, moving, much-needed book.’ Siobhan Curham, author of Something More: A Spiritual Misfit’s Search For Meaning.


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The first time I ever saw Castaway House I knew it was meant to be mine …

It’s 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run away to the beautiful but run-down Castaway House in the seaside town of Helmstone. But when she uncovers a scandal locked away in the walls of the old house, she soon comes to realise that neither her own troubled past nor that of the house will stay buried for long. . .

In 1924 fresh-faced Robert Carver comes to Castaway House to spend a languid summer in the company of his much wealthier cousin, Alec Bray. But the Brays are a damaged family, with damaging secrets. And little does Robert know that his world is about to change for ever.

As Rosie begins to learn more about Robert, the further she is drawn into the mysterious history of the house, and their stories, old and new, entwine.

Over 50 five star reviews on


“This novel had everything I love about a story.”

“Wonderfully well written.”

“An excellent first novel.”

“A gripping read.”

Read more reviews on Amazon here


Other reviews:

A fizzingly fresh story of mysteries-within-mysteries … Excellent –  Saga Magazine

Delicious – Novelicious

I urge you to read this brilliant debut – Dot Scribbles

Gorgeous – The Book Trail

An elegantly written debut – Random Things Through My Letterbox


Buy The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House:

Via this link if you’re outside the UK.


Also published Germany as Das Haus der Lügen.

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