I write historical fiction, mostly inspired by what I would call ‘the footnotes of history’: forgotten stories or part-legends about interesting women and men. My first novel, The Fragrant Concubine, was longlisted for both the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Historical Novel Society Indie Award. I’m currently doing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey and writing two novels: one set in China in the 1700s, one in Morocco in the 1100s. If you’d like to try my historical fiction you can get a free novella here. You can read an interview with me at the Virtual Book Club.
I also get curious about many subjects and end up writing non-fiction books or articles about various subjects from parenting to creative writing and entrepreneurship, you can take a look at my other writing here.
I used to work in business, developing new products and packaging for Sainsbury’s Head Office while studying for a Masters in creativity. I then moved on to a role mentoring entrepreneurs for a government grant programme.
I love using my writing to interact with people. Highlights since becoming a fulltime writer include being the 2016 Writer in Residence at the British Library which included running multiple workshops and curating two pop-up exhibitions; being a guest blogger for three months at Mslexia writing magazine and creating an HG Wells poster trail for the Imagine arts festival in Sutton.
I grew up and was home educated on an Italian hill farm and now live in London with my husband and two little children who love books as much as I do.
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