Ginger Black is a writing partnership between Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum.
Julia left Somerset for London at 16. She founded & ran her own consumer P R agency representing a range of international brands including many years representing Ladybird Books, then sold the business and trained as a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders & hosting a phone-in show on Radio Luxembourg.
As well as writing with Gaynor, Julia now writes children's books and does PR & marketing for The Rivertime Boat Trust charity. A keen yogi, kayaker and cook, she lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Nicolas and their four children.
Gaynor has worked as a national newspaper correspondent for more than twenty years, interviewing everyone from the great and the good to extraordinary people in ordinary lives. The rich variety of her subject matter and their circumstances has given her a rare insight into human nature and the challenges many people face.
Gaynor's great loves include sitting in pavement cafes watching the world go by, National Trust and English Heritage and hiking across the windswept Yorkshire moors. She lives in Bray-on-Thames with her husband Jonathan and their son, Freddie James.