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.
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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…
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).
Ten 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 scare actor, 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.
- I am currently studying for my MPhil in Writing
- I like being busy but I am way too tired these days for that.
- I thought writing a novel would be hard. Then I began editing.
- My favourite colour is red.
- I have stood inside a dormant volcano crater. It smelt bad.