Yvonne was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. She moved to Maryland and is currently living in Yorkshire with her family. Yvonne holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University. Yvonne is a co-founder and Director of North West Literary Arts. Her debut novel, Remembered, won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017. It was published in 2019 by Dialogue Books and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020. It was published in 2020 in the US by Blackstone Publishing. Yvonne writes fiction for children as well and her short story, So Your Mom is a Superhero, was commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize in 2017.