I am a full-time freelance writer and editor. I was born in 1960, so I know what a Corona lorry is, I watched the original Fireball XL5 and Supercar, read The Beezer and The Topper when they were separate comics, and the theme tune to Sara and Hoppity still makes me cry. I have three wonderful children – all of whom are wiser, kinder and more knowledgeable than I – and a partner who is my muse, inspiration, champion and unconditional supporter.
My first novel, The Wrong Story, was published in March, 2017 (yes, it took a long time but I was busy) and I am currently editing my second novel. TWS is available in all reputable bookshops (and some disreputable shops too), including these online establishments.
I have had a number of short and flash fiction stories published as well as a travelogue of my journey through Central America. I am a Real Writers prizewinner, a Carers UK prizewinner, and I am on the BBC list of Promising Writers.
I also provide a portfolio of writing services including educational, technical, business and proposal authoring; structural and developmental editing for fiction; creative writing tutoring and workshops; and mentoring for unpublished writers. My most recent writing workshops are:
- Editing & Editors – Roles, Responsibilities & Outcomes
- Crowdfunding – a New Paradigm in Publishing
In the past I have worked as a technical author, a user-experience designer, an information consultant for NGOs and charitable organisations, and as an information and solution designer for an outsourcing and consultancy company. I have written for most media, including print, online and AV.
I am a graduate of Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing and I spent my placement working at an Oxford-based literary agency as a submissions reader. I am a member of the International Flann O’Brien Society, the Society of Authors, English PEN, the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, and I am currently training with the Society for Editor and Proofreaders.
Included in the short stories that I have had published are:
- A Rare Bird
- Coming Out Of The Upstairs
- Early Days
- The Fire-Diver’s Assistant
- The Money Launderer’s Box Of Rubbish
- The Therapist
You can read more about my published work by clicking here.