I'm drawn to the memoir genre because if I don’t write about my own experience, I feel like I'm drowning in it and I do need to ‘get it out’ and make sense of what is happening in my life... I can’t grasp the concept of fiction because the idea of ‘making up details’ or creating characters, for some reason, just doesn’t make sense to me when I already have so much information right in front of me...
I am a disabled graduate and have used writing as my escape from all that is going wrong with my body. I cannot get a job, so did the best I could with the skills I have, which seems to be working well for me... I have written six books: Fantacia, Bellazard, Orion, Sky, How to be a Writer, or Not! and Black & White Roses. I am mainly a dark fantasy writer for adults.
I used to manage care homes and during that time, I recognised there was a gap in the training delivered and that information was needed for my staff team, so I wrote some open learning workbooks to fill these gaps... My latest book, which has just been released 'Beyond My Control: Why The Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother' was difficult to write as it’s a true account of how my late mum suffered.
I write in whichever genre the story that’s demanding to be told falls into. 'Chilled' is a crime thriller but also a political thriller; 'In the Wake of Angels' is a spy thriller and I have another political thriller in the pipeline. I also research and write about PTSD and am working on an autobiography / self-help book which is much more academic.