Welcome to me.
For those who don’t have much time, read section one. For those who do have time, read section two. For those who want something random, read section three.
Thanks for stopping by.
I live in the beautiful county of Norfolk in the UK. I currently work as a freelance journalist (after spending six years as a senior reporter for one of the country’s biggest regional daily papers) and I’m also a creative writing tutor.
When I started my blog – Newshound to Novelist – I was very new to blogging. The hope was it would get me back into creative writing so that I could finally finish that all important novel I’d been going on about for the last eight or so years. I’ve now finished a hideous first draft so the next mission is to redraft!
As well as all of that, I’m a wife, mummy to two young boys – soon to be three – and I’m a massive fan of NaNoWriMo (Google it), but even more importantly, I’m simply me.
Oh and cake is awesome. Must not forget that…
I made the leap and joined the exciting world of blogging in 2013 in a bid to return to my 2007 self – a time when I breathed, ate and dreamed about nothing but words, words and more words. This was the year I graduated from my creative writing degree at Glamorgan University (now the University of South Wales). Not all good ideas go to plan though and in the end I didn’t start taking the blog seriously until July 2015.
Although I am living the dream and earning a wage by writing everyday – working as a freelance journo – I’d known for a long time that I needed to tap back into my creative side and finish the abandoned 20k-word novel collecting dust under my bed.
Somewhere in this big wide world of words I’d lost my way. The stories I began writing at university were hidden under my desk and as I made a name for myself in the daunting world of journalism, I ended up engulfed in newspapers and deadlines.
This folks is the first excuse of many as to why I hadn’t written creatively since leaving university. The other excuses happened in 2013 and 2014 when I had my beautiful boys, following marriage and house purchasing in 2012.
I am still proud of my achievements as a journalist and I don’t intend to hang up my newshound lead just yet, but it turns out that my two boys have brought me back to my senses.
I will write again and I will write for them.
Five fun facts about me:
- I love tea. Expect when I’m pregnant. Then it’s just disgusting.
- I didn’t enjoy reading until I turned 10.
- Previous jobs include pharmacy Saturday girl, fish and chip shop worker, outdoor survival expert for kids, and window fitter.
- I still have bad nightmares.
- I hate the number five.