I don’t know whether it’s my theatre background, but I tend to write in “scenes”. A short, sharp session achieves as much as spending hours with my notebook; once what’s in my head is down on paper, I go off and do something else!
I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. My first ambition was to be a “child author” but that plan came to nothing as I was 20 before I finished my first full-length novel. At Warwick University I took David Morley’s Creative Writing & Composition class, specialising in poetry, then joined the Young Writers’ Workshop at the Royal Court Theatre. Before I moved to London, in 2002, I completed a short story writing course with the London School of Journalism. One of the stories I wrote for that course, “Purgatory”, introduced the characters that became central to my first novel “And I Shall Be Healed” which follows the experiences of a young and troubled army chaplain as he navigates life on the Western Front in 1917 and examines the effect of war on the individual.
My genre is historic, literary fiction. I work very hard on my books in terms of both the writing and the historical research, something that I found challenging during my three years in Germany – how I missed the British Library! Back in Blighty, I am hoping to finish the first draft of the sequel to “Healed”, set in London during the interwar years by Christmas, law studies permitting!
My other publications include “Untold Lives”, a collection of dramatic monologues (not currently available) and “Ladies Night”, a set of short plays for women, including the internationally performed “Mirror, Mirror”.