My mother claims I could read before I could walk. Maybe a (slight) exaggeration, but what’s certainly true is that once I’d discovered words, my nose was rarely out of a book.
I started penning my own stories at the age of nine – after my father introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Writing seemed the only way to keep alive the magic I’d experienced through Tolkien’s words. I’m still writing today, and you can read an excerpt from my current work in progress here.
While teaching was very rewarding, I decided to start working as a freelance editor, translator and copywriter in 2015. I wanted not only to use my writing skills more directly in my work but also to take advantage of the increased flexibility of freelance work and dedicate myself more fully to finishing my novel.
Since 2017, though, I’ve focused on delivering professional editing services to writers, researchers, university students and businesses. I found I had a real passion for helping others develop their writing skills and produce polished work that wows their audiences.
I currently live in Brighton, UK with my two cats and very bouncy dog.
My love of books goes beyond fiction to history, politics, philosophy, anthropology and more. I’ve studied these subjects deeply, using my knowledge to enrich my stories and help others develop their own writing.
MUSICIAN & Performance POET
I’m also a musician and earned my pocket money at university playing in a jazz & funk band. I still play music as a hobby and draw on my sense of sound and rhythm to infuse my poetry, which I perform in various venues around Brighton, UK.
English language teacher
For over 15 years, I balanced writing and music with a career as an English Language teacher, teaching in Spain, Ireland and the UK. My students, however, came from all over the world, and they taught me as much about their countries, cultures and backgrounds as I taught them about English.