Who am I?

I am a writer, a reader and a podcaster.

2020 was a hard one for everyone; isolation, the solitary life. It gave many the time to think and I was in that group. So, I did what many did, I started a podcast. In it I talk about films, TV, books and something that is incredibly close to my heart, mental health. It’s a subject that I honestly believe people don’t open up often enough, especially when they’re in my generation – kids born in the 1970s that were adults when the 90s had barely begun.

Interested?

Oh, and Grammarly on Google Docs…how great is that?

I have been writing for many years (now you are imagining an old woman with wrinkles, false teeth and a walker, don’t lie!), and have always had a love of great literature (and some not so great, it’s all personal).

Where do I start?

Fanfic. It always starts with fanfic (well, maybe not, but it does this time, for the sake of this).

I caught the fanfic bug before I really knew what fanfic was; so desperate to know what happened next to Sorry Carlisle and Laura Chant that I wrote my own ‘3 years later’ story. Of course, when I was 11 the internet was but a glimmer in the eye of Tim Berners-Lee (well, not so much a glimmer, but definitely not public access), this meant that there was nowhere to publish what I wrote, so I just typed it up on the manual typewriter, or wrote it down in my messy handwriting in the back of a schoolbook and kept it for my own amusement.

Of course, fanfic became a massive soul-sucking (in my case) thing as the internet grew and years later, after I discovered the wonder of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell High I found myself hooked!

Out the window went all the original stuff I had been working on – there was quite a lot of it at one point – and in came the stories of Willow and Spike and Michael and Maria.

It’s been over 20 years since that first fic (scary thought) and I have seen trends come and go. I have seen popular shows fade from the public eye only to remain in the hearts of loyal fans everywhere. I have also moved fandoms probably 10 times (I am still searching for somewhere I feel as comfortable as I did when I was writing for the Roswell community though).

Who am I?

I am a woman living in the UK (I love the South Coast, the early morning sun and the smell of the salt in the air). I work as an editor, I also freelance as a content creator and proofreader (you need someone, just contact me). I have a cat (you will see quite a lot of her on here, she’s my pride and joy; a hyperactive fluffball who thinks 3am means playtime). Though she’s getting a little better now she’s older. But doesn’t she have the most gorgeous eyes? Oh, she also has her own Instagram account.

I love to write, enjoy books. Over the last few years I have been using the Goodreads Challenge to boost my reading and I love interacting with people over there, so if you’ve got a Goodreads account and want to be friends, you can find me there too. As with many aspiring writers, I have long dreamed of getting properly published (book launch, publicity tour, movies, the lot), however, for that to happen I actually have to commit to actually finishing one of the ideas that finds its way onto my Google Drive.

I am a perpetual dieter, who likes the idea of food far more than she likes the actual food – which can actually cause more problems than it solves.

I really enjoy watching procedurals like NCIS and Elementary, and comedies such as The Good Place and Speechless; I prefer my TV to be a little bit more lighthearted and entertaining, though I won’t say no to a good Mary Beard documentary about ancient Rome, or programmes about how people lived across the centuries.

I like to travel, though I haven’t had the opportunity as much in recent years. I worked out, not that long ago, that I have visited more places in the US than I have in my own country (pretty shocking), but it’s actually easier (and takes less time) to fly to New York than travel to Scotland by train!

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