About Me

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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 a bit random, read section three.

Want to stay in touch? Feel free to follow the blog or message me via my contact page.

Thanks for stopping by.


Section one

I live in the beautiful county of Norfolk in the UK, where 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). I’m also a creative writing tutor, blogger, and writer.

When I started the Newshound to Novelist blog I was very new to the world of blogging. The hope was it would get me back into creative writing so 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 if you’re not sure).

Oh, and cake is awesome. Must not forget that…


Section two

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 knew for a long time that I needed to tap back into my creative side and finish the abandoned, half-written (okay it was 20k words and way less than half-written) 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 away and as I began to make a name for myself in the industry of journalism, I ended up engulfed in newspapers and deadlines.

Folks, this is the first excuse of many as to why I did not write creatively after 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 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. They inspire me every single day.

I will write again and I will write for them (and maybe for myself a little bit too).


Section three

Ten fun facts about me:

  1. I love tea. Expect when I’m pregnant. Then it’s just disgusting.
  2. I didn’t enjoy reading until I turned 10.
  3. Previous jobs include scare actor, pharmacy Saturday girl, fish and chip shop worker, outdoor survival expert for kids, and window fitter.
  4. I still have bad nightmares.
  5. I hate the number five.
  6. I am currently studying for my MPhil in Writing
  7. I like being busy but I am way too tired these days for that.
  8. I thought writing a novel would be hard. Then I began editing.
  9. My favourite colour is red.
  10. I have stood inside a dormant volcano crater. It smelt bad.

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23 Responses to About Me

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  4. You have a wonderful blog site with a great mix. I just finished Camp NaNoWRiMo and looking forward to Nov. I look forward to following your journey.

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  7. Hi, Donna-Louise! I hope you don’t mind, but I nominated you for a Liebster Award. I’ve so enjoyed reading your work since NYCM FFC. You can read more about the award here: http://wp.me/p4rqdX-bJ. Hope to see you back for FFC 2016!

  8. Hi Donna-Louise – just found your blog and thought I’d drop you a quick message. I’m a former police DCI who now advises writers on anything police-related from standard procedures to Murder investigation as GIB Consultancy. I’ve just helped C.L. Taylor with ‘The Missing’ and I’m currently advising Cally on her fourth thriller due out next April. I’d be happy to be involved in a post on your blog, maybe answering some questions about how I turned from ‘helping fight crime to helping write crime’ or any other ideas you may have, where I can make writers aware of my services and tell them a little about me and what I now do. I’ll leave it with you but hopefully hear from you soon. Regards Stuart Gibbon GIB Consultancy PS – I have a website at http://www.gibconsultancy.co.uk with a Consultancy page if you want to check it out 🙂

  9. Bozdar says:

    You returned to your 2007 self and restarted what you left. This is really encouraging to me as I recently abandoned what I had been doing for last five years. I chose to return in the year 2009 to become what I wanted at that time.
    Wish you good luck, Donna-Louise. I am looking forward to reading your novel.

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