Welcome to my website, where I lurk when I should be writing.
Over the last couple of years it’s been a privilege to have a job that can be done alone, at a desk. I’ve finished and edited my novel-in-progress: I’m excited now to be sending it out on submission. I was also thrilled when it made the shortlist of the Louise Walters Books Page 100 Competition.
But lockdown was a tough, isolating time. It’s been wonderful to be part of a collaborative project: the brilliant 100 Voices anthology [right] (Unbound, 2022) edited by Miranda Roszkowski, who came up with the idea of asking one hundred women what achievement means. The resulting book is inspiring, moving – and often very funny. I’m thrilled and proud to be part of it, although I was nervous at first about writing something so personal. You can read more about it on my blog.
You can be intrigued by my work here.
Lockdown reminded me that I’m happy being an armchair traveller. Recently I’ve been re-reading one of my favourite books: Nicholas Shakespeare’s biography of Bruce Chatwin. It’s stuffed full of great quotes, but this, from Thomas Keneally, seems apposite: ‘Economists think that economic indicators are the metaphor for humanity. Novelists think that stories are the true indicator of human existence.’
In our unpredictable, scary world, the creative act of writing, and the empathy it engenders, feels more necessary than ever.