Born in Rochdale in the UK, I became a chemical engineer. At 35, as an antidote to facts and numbers, I began to write. First came an account of a journey through Mongolia, published as an ebook, "Hold the Dog! 16 Days in Mongolia". Then, after a short course in creative writing, I tried fiction, and nowadays I write short stories. I live in London.
I am interested in writing from different perspectives and in different styles, in stories about underdogs, stories that make people think, but most of all, I want to write stories that make people feel something.
"The Beach House", a piece of flash fiction about choices and bravery, has been accepted for publication by Spelk Fiction, scheduled for November 2015.
"Falling", a short piece about consequences and how life might not be so bad after all, was published by Storgy in June and is available to read.
"The Election", a story about winning, losing and perseverance, can be read at A Little Feminist Blog on Language.
In 2010 I wrote an account of time I spent in Mongolia as part of The Big Trip East in 2005. In 2011 I published the account as an ebook, "Hold the Dog! 16 Days in Mongolia". I donate all the proceeds from sales of the ebook to two Mongolia-related charities, CAMDA and the Yamaa Trust. You can discover more about the book, and how to get hold of a copy, here.
Other highlights from The Big Trip East were Tiger Leaping Gorge in south-west China, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and the Trans-Mongolian railway, each of which inspired me to write travel articles.