I live in Bristol with my partner and two sons. I work part time for the council to keep the wolf from the door and write for three days a week. Those days feel like a blessing. I love the silence, the cups of tea and the surprises as the stories unfold.
I'm looking forward to launching THIS SHINING LIFE in June and now I'm slowly (too slowly) working on book two. I don't like to say too much about work in progress but I can reveal that it might involve dogs.
I'm a big fan of journalling. I begin my writing day with a scribbly rush of whatever is foremost in my mind. I find it helps to be playful with the experience of getting words on the the page. Much of my journal is nonsense, occasionally figurative and often illegible. Only tiny snippets make it into my finished work. But once I've written the silly stuff or the angry stuff or the stuff that makes me cringe I seem to have cleared the way for the more rigorous work of crafting a story.