I grew up in a world surrounded with words and stories...
My parents met in the theatre, and both had a passion for the world of make-believe and fiction, something which they instilled in me.
My mother and father would read to me for hours, acting out scenes in strange voices, painting pictures in my imagination of the scenes they were lifting from the page. And, while the books they read to me were varied, by far the most were fantasy. One of my earliest memories is of my mother reading ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ to me. One of the first book I ever read by myself was ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’, which I devoured to the point where I could recite whole sections from memory, much to the amusement (and, occasionally, derision!) of my schoolmates.
I was hooked.
As the years passed, my love of fantasy and SF grew. I studied Drama and Community Development at university, under David Pammenter, and wrote my undergraduate dissertation on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have a master's degree in Applied Linguistics, I am now studying a PhD in self-publication and fanfiction. When I've not got my nose in a book, I regularly attend a RPG group in East London, I love comic books and am often losing whole days to geeky films and television shows.
In addition to the above, I adore the cinema and theatre, and will go whenever I can afford to! I also like studying and learning. I work as a lecturer at a university in London, where I conduct research into criticality, creativity, and reflection. I would happily and proudly call myself a feminist, and have consciously tried to make my own writing representational of women, but also to show non-traditional masculine characters and roles as well.
While I hope I don't shove these things down my readers' throats, I think it is important that literature reflect not just the world as it is, but as it could be. I think this element is particularly intrinsic to speculative/genre fiction, and it is one of the reasons I have always been so drawn to the genre.
My favourite authors are quite varied, though I would have to say that Terry Pratchett is my number one. Others include Max Brooks, Grant Naylor, Stephen Baxter, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Suzanne Collins, Anne Rice, Steig Larsson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joseph Heller, George Orwell, Jerome K. Jerome, P. G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.
I am also keen to support other self-publishers, so if you would like to discuss the process with me, again feel free to get in touch!