Writing has been a passion since childhood although it is only in the past few years that I have seriously started to write fiction.
In December 2017 I published ‘The Storyteller Speaks’ which is my debut book. This is a collection of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. My road to publication has been circuitous and aided by the support of my family, friends both within and outside blogging.
In Spring 2014 I won First Prize in the Writing Magazine Short Story Competition which was a joy. Furthermore, I was short-listed for Inktears Short Story Competition in 2014.
The recognition of my writing ability outside of my family and friends was a huge boost to my self-confidence and as a result, I started the mammoth undertaking of writing my first novel. I completed the manuscript early 2016 and am now in the process of editing the book.
In the meantime, I was greatly encouraged to publish some of my numerous pieces of shorter works as a book and this project occupied the latter part of 2017. It was with great excitement and sense of achievement to launch the publication of my first book, ‘The Storyteller Speaks’, in December 2017 with the paperback released in January 2018.
Outside of writing I am actively involved in proofreading new eBooks for Project Gutenberg and find this both rewarding and enjoyable. I enjoy a snapshot of so many various genres of books that I would never come across in my normal life.
Professionally I started working as a journalist after my BA Honours Degree in German Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. After a serious illness, I changed career and got a position as Administration Manager for a busy timber import company.
Currently, I am taking a break to raise my son and this has freed time to write more regularly.
I was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and at the age of six, we moved to the UK where we settled near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Since then I have moved many times but now live with my husband and teenage son in a small village in North Essex, UK.
My interests include books and I am an avid reader with a book or two constantly on the go. Life without books would seem unbearable. I follow national and international current affairs with deep interest. I’m a keen gardener, much to the bemusement of my parents as I considered this life’s most boring chore as a youngster. Walking is a vital part of my life, as is Pilates. I follow the teachings of Alexander Technique.
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“Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times.”