Hayley grew up in and around Newbury in Berkshire. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Essex and went on to do an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. In 2006 she won an Escalator Award from Writers’ Centre East and a Grant for the Arts to write her first novel, Jar Baby (Dexter Haven, 2012).
Hayley has written for Grazia and The Observer magazine and is a mentor on the National Writing Centre’s Escalator programme for emerging authors in the East of England. She writes fiction for adults and young adults as Hayley Webster, and for younger readers as Hayley Scott.
Hayley works as a teacher in Norfolk, where she lives with her daughter.