I’m a Celtic-at-heart Londoner descended from a long line of Irish folk, which may be why I sometimes sneak off from my latest novel to indulge my other love, writing poems (published under another name), preferably with a bar of Lindt mint chocolate.
For much of my life I’ve been a wandering soul, but these days I share my space with my husband and our cuddle-loving, sofa-hogging terrier. Home is in a lush, lively part of London that’s perfect for wandering from café to café with a Kindle and chasing disobedient dogs.
While on an extended trip to Australia (six months somehow became 12 years) I obtained an MA in Journalism. This helped me to become a freelance journalist focusing on the environment and social justice – my articles covered topics from forced marriages and accidents in coal mines to the fate of Aboriginal Australians living on contaminated land.
My first degree, a BSc in Physics and Astrophysics, wasn’t so useful. But it impresses most people far more 🙂
Lately I have forsaken the office to work on getting my three novels finished and published – and, much more importantly – go on long walks with H, who lives to play, chew, lick and romp. He doesn’t angst about goals not met, things not done or too much time spent doing the wrong things in the wrong way. I’m learning a lot from him. (Though my favourite fantasy right now is setting off to innumerable distant places for an unspecified period with a backpack and a few good books sans dog…)
This blog will, if all goes well, share my meanderings towards my goal of becoming an author. It will also contain thoughts on books, publishing, authors and the writing process, interspersed with random reflections on life and the importance of furry friends.