Welcome to my website and blog!

Here’s a little background to explain how my meandering career led me into writing fiction:

ACharnockPortraitMy 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.

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, has recently been published by 47North (18 April 2017), and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

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!
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Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of The Ada Lovelace Day


Author Irenosen Okojie

Some of my HUFFINGTON POST contributions