Avalon trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. As a mature student she gained a Social Policy degree at Bristol University and then trained as a midwife. She later worked for VSO (Volunteer Service Overseas) in Albania and Namibia, and for MSF (Médicins Sans Frontièrs) in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mexico and South Sudan. She gained an MSc in Maternal Health and spent seven years as a community midwife in Plymouth, writing in her spare time and studying creative writing under Fay Weldon. She has self-published three novels: A Midwife Abroad, All the Sky, and Rubic’s Return.