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I live on the East/Sussex Kent border. I moved here three years ago after living in Hastings for fifteen years. However I grew up in a village on the edge of the Black Country. I hope to publish a book of flash fiction about my early life there in due course.
I have been writing for years but didn’t have much success until my first novel, A Bird in the House, was published in 2014. My flash fiction has been widely published and I’ve been short-listed (and long-listed) for a number of awards.
I used to work in arts education but am now a full-time writer. When I’m not writing I love gardening, photography, sketching, swimming and travelling. My favourite places to visit are deserts – my nearest ‘desert’ is Dungeness which I often visit and I will be setting my next novel in a fictitious Dungeness.
Here Casts No Shadow, 2018 (novel)
“Fifteen-year old Mira has grown up in the small town of Zazour. Her country of Lyrian has been under the grip of a ruthless dictator for decades but Mira and her family have always lived a quiet life. However, everything changes after a protest in town. With Zazour under siege, she and the family are forced to flee to a refugee camp across the border. Eventually they settle in Neeland, thousands of miles from their homeland. Now, in adult life, as Mira’s father begins to fail in hospital, a terrible incident she and her older brother Kaz have kept secret for years threatens to explode, just like the bombs that fell on Zazour, and destroy the life Mira has built for herself.”
A Bird in the House, 2014 (novel)
“This is not the genre that I would normally read, but, after a strong personal recommendation, I felt bound to try it.
This author employs the ‘softly, softly’ approach.
The characters are skilfully drawn, the back ground meticulously researched and the plot subtly unfolded. Suddenly she’s gotcha!
A great story, beautifully written, I shall be looking out for more from this gifted writer.”
Not Here, Not Us – stories of Syria, 2016 (flash fiction, poems, shorts)
“This is a slim book but it aims – and succeeds – at offering us a wide and deep understanding of the many aspects of the Syrian tragedy. In delicate poems, concise vignettes and short stories, a range of characters are presented from the sniper in a war-torn town, to the barely surviving refugees to the concerned campaigners back in safer places. The writing is spare, vivid and compassionate. And importantly, non-judgemental. Don’t worry that it will all be too heart breaking: there is real beauty and hope among the pieces. It’s a reminder that fiction and creative interpretation can help us to feel and truly understand better than even the most well researched journalism or academic papers. Strongly recommended.” (CE)