After completing my honours degree in Social Science in 1991, I travelled extensively in Australasia, including spending 13 months getting lost in a 1971 VW campervan. On my return I couldn’t settle, working in customer service, social care, and finance (to name a few). It wasn’t until after the birth of my two children and the completion of an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University in 2010, that I realised I just wanted to write.
Since that point I have had several short stories published in magazines and on-line anthologies and I’ve won a few writing competitions including, most recently, the ‘Language Evolves’ Speculative Story Competition.
I’m currently working on a utopian novel for my PhD, completing a hybrid crime/speculative thriller, as well as writing short stories, flash fiction and experimenting with Japanese short form (haibun), to write about modern issues. I juggle my writing with part-time manuscript assessment, voluntary work for a literary journal, and a refugee befriending service, visiting my mother (who has advanced dementia) and of course childcare (although my sons are now much bigger than I am).
The blog I contribute to, is called Wivenhoe Writers, and is a shared space that I designed and now oversee for my local writing group.
As well as baking, painting, reading and writing, I’m an avid fan of Sci-fi and crime, and will watch anything that involves werewolves, time travel, serial killers or is set in the future. The way to my heart is through books, films, my pets and cake (homemade and preferably chocolate).