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 spent a year overlanding through Egypt, Sudan and Kenya with my journalist husband, Garry. I now live on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
Despite the many column inches of factual reporting, I didn’t consider writing fiction until near the end of my fine art studies. I started writing my first novel, on the quiet, between art projects and exhibitions.
Initially, I self-published A Calculated Life. However, I signed a publishing deal with 47North for a new edition and, four months later, 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 (47North), has won the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association 2017 Award for Best Novel.
I returned to the world of A Calculated Life in writing the novella The Enclave (NewCon Press). This won the British Science Fiction Association 2017 Award for Best Short Fiction.
In 2017, I was delighted to become ‘interviewer in residence’ for the Arthur C. Clarke Award as part of the award’s collaboration with the Ada Lovelace Day. See The Ada Lovelace Conversations below!
MY ADA LOVELACE CONVERSATIONS with WOMEN SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS
Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of The Ada Lovelace Day
Author E. J. Swift
Author Irenosen Okojie
Author and critic Nina Allan
The table is turned! Tom Hunter starts a chat with me.
Author Ren Warom.
Author Annalee Newitz.