Former sailing instructor Penny decided to put her years afloat to good use - giving her first crime novel a maritime theme.
"After I left university I spent ten years living on a yacht and I've had enough drama at sea to know just how dangerous it can be," she says. "It was always in my mind to use my knowledge of sailing to make a truly authentic and nerve-jangling maritime thriller."
Penny believes that though A Kind of Puritan is set a few years in the future all sailing enthusiasts will recognise the characters involved!
She says it was natural to set Puritan on the South Coast because that's where her sailing started and where she got "up close and personal with Solent mud!"; but she's not revealing exactly where her fictional port of Midway is.
"Midway has its roots in a real place, but I've still got friends who live there and want to keep them!"