ABOUT ME

I grew up in Canada and England, then spent most of my twenties working as a bookseller. In between shelving books and arguing about whether du Maurier belongs under “D” or “M”, I read a lot as a way of learning how to write well.

 

Now, I'm slowly exploring the world and (much less slowly) working on a novel. Having lived in Mexico, I am currently writing from the UK and making my way around Europe.

This Q&A I did for Fairlight Books best and most concisely conveys who I am:

Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?

A: The Hobbit, read to me by my dad. I still hear it in his voice when I read it today.

 

Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?

A: Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger – I’ve read it five or six times, sometimes to work out how she does it, sometimes for the pure joy, every time to challenge myself to write a better book. I haven’t yet.

 

Q: Do you have a favourite quote?

A: ‘In quoting others, we cite ourselves.’ — Julio Cortázar

WRITING

"What's Yours Is Mine"

First published by Fairlight Books

"Tabula Rasa"

First published by Cracked Eye

"Satchmo on the Sound System"

First published by Cracked Eye

"In and Out"

Short story

"The Violence of Violins"

Short story

"Music Below"

Short story

"The Sin in Hymns"

Short story

"The Future of Fictions"

Non-fiction