I’ve loved stories from when I was little, and there is nothing in the world that has brought me more comfort than my imagination. I spent hours seeking solace in libraries as a child and as I grew up, my love of books broadened into a love of every kind of storytelling.
My life was transformed when I was 17 by a mental breakdown, and has continued to be impacted ever since by my anxious and depressive symptoms. Thanks to support and treatment I am now learning to cope with that distress, but it has had perhaps a stronger influence on my life than anything else.
I self-published my first novel, Mundane Magic, in August 2017 and the experience completely changed my life. In 2019 I published my first poetry collection, How to Forgive Yourself in Fifteen Years. Both books deal with mental health in some form – the protagonists of Mundane Magic struggle with anxiety and the aftermath of abuse, whilst How to Forgive Yourself is a collection of poetry about my experience of mental health.
Since September 2019 I have begun studying at the University of Kent. I am currently on a taught MA in Creative Writing, and am in the process of proposing a PhD in the medical humanities. My research focus is narratives of anxiety, and how various written texts communicate personal experience, especially around questions of authenticity and trustworthiness.
Creatively, I am working on a trilogy, the first novel of which is called Oracle. It’s grown out of my experience LARPing with my friends for the past many years, and it’s more precious to me than I can say. At the moment I’m currently seeking representation with a view to having it published traditionally, whilst writing the second book, Bastion, as part of my MA.
I also work as an Assistant Producer with Iron Realms Entertainment, where I oversee the creative development of one of their popular text-based roleplaying games.