I’m a British-Australian writer, editor and PhD candidate, currently living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. That said, I’ve lived in the country most of my life and my heart is split between north Wales, northern England and Gippsland in Australia. I have a Master of Letters in creative writing, a Master of Arts in ancient history, and am currently working towards a PhD in English at La Trobe University.
I’ve been writing for as long as I’ve been able to string a sentence together, but I only began submitting that writing to markets relatively recently. Up until now, I’ve been focusing on short stories, largely in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror. As part of my PhD, however, I’ll be writing a historical novel, so that’s a whole new and terrifying challenge to face.
My greatest love when writing is to take the familiar and twist it into something new. I enjoy corrupting the innocent, redeeming the corrupted and splashing everything with a liberal coating of feminism.
As a reader, I enjoy most genres and styles of writing, but I am particularly drawn to nineteenth century English and French literature, as well as the classic authors and modern genre writers. Some of my favourite authors include Jane Austen, Emile Zola, Suetonius, Aristophanes, Oscar Wilde, Stephen King, Richard Laymon and Sarah Waters, while favourite books by other authors include Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier), The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins), The Secret History (Donna Tartt) and Domain (James Herbert). I tend not to read modern capital-L-literature and the only romance I read is contemporary YA romance.
While I do review books on this blog from time to time, I’m afraid I am not able to accept review requests from authors.
The header image was taken by me on the outskirts of Porthmadog, Wales.