I grew up in a world surrounded with words and stories...
My parents met in the theatre. 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 characters 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 books 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, and wrote my undergraduate dissertation on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have a master's degree in Applied Linguistics, specializing in Sociolinguistics, and a Doctorate in English Literature, looking at genre inheritance and the representation of women in high fantasy. I love comic books, and when I've not got my nose in a book, I attend a RPG group in East London. 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, and enjoy research in 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. This element is particularly intrinsic to speculative/genre fiction, and it is one of the reasons I've 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, 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!