AUTHOR AND BLOGGER
Welcome to my website and blog!
Here’s a little background to explain how my meandering career led me into writing fiction:
My writing career began in journalism and my reports appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Geographical, among others. I was educated at the University of East Anglia, where I studied environmental sciences, and at The Manchester School of Art, where I gained a Masters in Fine Art. As a foreign correspondent I travelled widely in the Middle East, Africa and India, and I spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya with my journalist husband, Garry.
Despite the many column inches of factual reporting, I didn’t consider writing fiction until my career turned to visual art. I started writing my first novel, on the quiet, between art projects. And I fitted my writing time around the normal diversions of family life.
Initially, I self-published A Calculated Life in Kindle eBook and paperback formats. However, my novel came to the attention of publisher 47North, and I signed a publishing deal in July 2013 for a new edition. 47North released this new edition in September 2013.
In January 2014, A Calculated Life was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award 2013 and for The 2013 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award (Debut Novel).
My second novel, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind (47North), is set in the past, present and future. The research for this novel took me to Shanghai and Suzhou in China, and to Florence and Bologna in Italy. The Guardian included this novel in “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2015.”
And my third novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time, has recently been published by 47North (18 April 2017), and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.