Vera Berry-Burrows is a UK-born former teacher of English Language and Literature, living in Queensland, Australia with former journalist husband, Alan. She has a son and two grandsons living in the UK. She has been writing for a number of years and has had numerous non-fiction articles published in the UK and in Australia. She was educated at Farnworth Grammar School in Lancashire, trained as a teacher at St Katharine's College, Liverpool and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree with the Open University, UK. Since she took early retirement in 1994 having been in the teaching profession for thirty-one years, writing has become her compulsive hobby. Skin Deep is her eighth published novel.