Those who don’t know me will think I’m the shy type. You know, the one who sits quietly at the back of the room. But those who do know me will say I’m a little person with far too many animals (they even made an action figure of me), a very loud laugh and an unhealthy obsession with the supernatural that comes across rather quite scary at times. That said, I’m not that scary, not really, not when you get to know me. When I do venture out into the world I observe, always sitting with my back to the wall so I have the best view of everything and everyone. I may be sitting in silence to you, but to me, the voices in my head are overwhelming. I’ve never really thought about it that much until I started writing, taking in my surroundings and the everyday hullabaloo. That is where the magic begins.
Arh, yes, my writing. Well, I first began to write following a series of recurring dreams and, following advice from friend and fellow author Andy Remic, decided to put pen to paper for therapeutic purposes. And it worked. Some nights were like a stuck record, the same scene playing over and over again, then going back to the beginning. It was like being in the editing room of a really awkward movie. Then it happened. I started to write. I translated what I was seeing into the written word and it was ….. addictive. A very healthy addiction which most writers, I’m sure will agree, can’t wait for their next fix.
My so called 9-5 job is far from the world I immerse myself in. My degree is in Environmental Planning, and over the years I’ve worked on creating quality open greenspaces. For the last seven years I’ve been working with town centre businesses in the Borough of Bury (England), promoting the towns and staging events including the award winning Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, Whitefield Halloween Festival, Prestwich Independents Day, and a host of Christmas festivities. Part of my job includes presentations, interviews and press releases, but I have to say the top of my list (apart from collecting the Choc Fest award) was being interviewed by Hacker The Dog from CBBC – now that was surreal. I really love my job. But I have to confess to loving writing a little more. I also do a bit of acting too, here I am being a Zombie for Andy Remic’s book promo Hardcore.
And its not just me who has the acting bug either, here is my gorgeous British Blue baby Lola with Emilie Autumn as featured in Kerrang Magazine May 2011. Rumour has it that my pretty (not so little) Samoyed Luka will be getting some work too, I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Since an early age I’ve found a love for all things supernatural. My earliest memories are reading my mothers books on ghosts, witchcraft, ancient Rome and Greek mythology. I became intrigued with ancient lives that I read and watched everything and anything available to me, choosing Latin as an option in high school just so I could visit Hadrians Wall every year and wander around the ruins.
What else is there to know about me? I have varied taste in music ranging from classical to thrash metal. I find music helps a great deal when writing a scene. I have one particular scene in my head that is entirely written to music without any dialogue at all. I also have an awesome Monster Truck, okay, its a Jeep Wrangler that has humungous wheels, buts its my little monster.
I will be posting some of my work on here and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them and spending time with my characters.