Stella Whitelaw is a professional writer and journalist, with over 47 novels published as well as over 300 short stories in national  magazines. Stella has won first prize in a number of national short story competitions.  She won the Art of Writing competition in the London Magazine judged by Sheridan Morley and the Elizabeth Gouge Cup at Guildford University.

Formerly secretary of the Parliamentary Press Gallery at the House of Commons, she lives in Surrey with six beautiful cats who have provided the inspiration for her many cat books.  She was awarded an MBE for services to journalism in 2001.

Pollution-induced asthma sent Stella walking the Sussex coast and South Downs for fresh air and healing views. The long coastal walks also proved the inspiration for a number of thrillers  which developed into the Jordan Lacey series.