Married at 24, Vivien pursued a career in education. The untimely death of her mother in 1976 came as a huge shock to the family, a sorrow from which it took years to recover from. Vivien gave birth to her only daughter, Harriet, in 1988. The years between 1995 and 2001 took their toll and following the death of a dear friend and her father within days of each other, the conclusion of her marriage, redundancy and battling breast cancer, life was hard. In order to support herself and her daughter, Vivien seized every opportunity that materialised - from taking in lodgers to share their home, to teaching, training and management consultancy. She is even an official wedding registrar.
It was through the support network of her friends that she survived with her head held high; a group of women (and the occasional man) who hold strong and true to each other to this day.
Through all of this, Vivien made a promise from which she never faltered. She strongly believed that she should not enter into any relationship until Harriet had reached the age of 18. Her dalliances into the world of dating in her late 50s, having shied from it entirely for over a decade, left her fearful, exposed and self-conscious, yet excited, comforted, and courageous. It is these feelings that inspired her first novel - It's Just Not Good Enough. She is currently working on the second of her heroine’s trilogy as well as an accompanying cookbook, Good Enough to Eat.