She has written twelve novels - seven literary novels published by Virago and Sceptre and five crime novels in the Saz Martin series, published by Serpent's Tail. She has also written over thirty short stories, eight plays, and many feature articles and reviews. With Lauren Henderson she co-edited the fiction anthology Tart Noir (2002). Her own short story in that collection, Martha Grace, was awarded the 2002 Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Short Story Dagger. Singling out the Couples was shortlisted for the 1999 James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award. State of Happiness was longlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize, as was The Room of Lost Things in 2008. She adapted the film script of State of Happiness for Fiesta Productions. The first novel in her Saz Martin series, Calendar Girl, was voted fifth equal in the 2007 international poll The Big Gay Read. She won Stonewall Writer of the Year 2008 for The Room of Lost Things.
She has written eight plays, including an adaptation of Medea (Steam Industry at The Scoop 2009), Prime Resident (NYT, Soho Theatre 2007), Immaculate Conceit (NYT, Lyric Hammesmith 2003) The Hand (Gay Sweatshop 1996), her solo shows Breaststrokes (BAC 2004) and The Tedious Predictability of Falling In Love (The Oval 1990)
As a stage performer, she is an associate artist with Improbable, has been a member of the comedy improvisation company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988 and has guested with The Comedy Store Players. She has performed her solo show Breaststrokes (Time Out and The Guardian Critic’s Choice) in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin, York, and Amsterdam.
She has directed Cell Sell for the National Youth Theatre at the Soho Theatre; Kikia te Poa (Matthew Saville), Precious Things (company devised) at the Pacific Playhouse and Skin Tight (Gary Henderson) at the Pleasance Islington and Riverside Studios - all for Shaky Isles; and The Seduction of Ms Sarah Hart (Caron Pascoe) at The Oval for Kindred Spirits.
On screen, she appeared in a 1997 episode of ITV police procedural series The Bill the 2001 movie Absolution.
She also wrote and presented a documentary in 2008 for the BBC's Time Shift strand called How to write a Mills and Boon where she took on the challenge of writing a Mills and Boon romance novel.