Averil Branson was born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, but moved down to South Ealing, London when she was just under a year old with her parents where she grew up with her elder sister, Cathy. Her father, Bert Reeves was a Londoner. He sadly died when she was just three years old. Her personal struggle with emotions surrounding the loss of her father so young, are evident in her book, ‘Watching Over Me,’ and the sequel, ‘Unreachable,’ which she is currently working on. She has appeared on local TV giving an interview about her books and has had several articles about them published in the local papers too.
Averil now resides in Gosport, Hampshire with her husband Peter. They share their home with a scatty Chihuahua-cross named Lexi and Mad Max, an abusive parrot. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who has a passion for writing and has written humorous stories for both children and adult reading. She says if she can make one person laugh then it was all worth the effort for you can never ever have too much laughter in your life. Her children’s book, ‘Living With Matilda,’ was inspired by her youngest son’s antics with his pet rat.
Averil’s other interests are history and most kinds of music, classical guitar being one of her favourites. She plays a little herself, although she is the first to admit, she ain’t no budding John Williams.