I write, teach, perform, and edit. The Gothic, the supernatural and children’s literature are my things.
Pleased to meet you!
I’m a writer, an editor, a storyteller and a general wordsmith based in Oxford. As well as writing my own material, I have also written for other organisations such as Oxfam, Scholastic, OUP, the National Literacy Trust and the Times Educational Supplement. I also write about children’s literature on my website www.childtasticbooks.com – which has been featured in the Telegraph and the Sunday Times.
I have a transatlantic background! I was born in Canada and lived there for the first 12 years of my life, before moving to the UK. I also spent six months in Spain during my Spanish degree from Magdalen College, Oxford.
After the birth of my daughter, I completed a second BA in Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University, followed swiftly by a Masters degree in Children’s Literature from the University of Roehampton. My MA dissertation was a novella for young adults entitled Beyond the Grave – about a teen desperate to speak to her dead father. The 15,000 word limit never felt enough to tell the story of Lindy Pennyworth and my supervisor encouraged me to develop it into a full-length novel. Thanks to her advice, this was accepted for publication by UCLan, and was published on 7 October 2021 under the title The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth.
Currently, I am working on my next project – a Gothic ghost story set partly in the Arctic, based on the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition to find the elusive North-West Passage. As should be expected, I am once again doing my research in graveyards.