I’m a writer and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. I’m the author of four novels: The Fairy Lights (2022); The Blue Man (2022); The Buddha’s Bone (2021) and Gods of Avalon Road (2019). I have also published five poetry collections: A Model Archaeologist (2022); The Redundancy of Tautology (2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (2017); Metamorphosis of Woman (2013); Toebirds and Woodlice (2013).
In addition to writing and promoting my own work, I run Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal, with my writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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At a glance:
News article in Belfast Live
My latest novel The Fairy Lights
My books on Barnes and Noble (USA)
My books on Waterstones (UK)
My books available for borrowing at Libraries NI
My author profile on Bookbub
My author interview on Awesome Gang
My author picnic on Jaffa Reads Too
Common themes in my writing:
I’m a multi-genre author, so what’s the common thread in my writing? Whether it’s a poetry collection, an urban fantasy novel, a literary horror book, or a psychological fiction story, my work has one thing in common: my writing confronts the nature of self.
No matter the genre of my fiction, my novels start with main characters who think they know themselves, go through a crisis of identity and create a new sense of self. You can read a more in depth look at this topic on my blog post here discussing different genres, common theme.
Similarly, my poetry explores issues of identity and the darker aspects of the psyche. All of my poetry books confront the nature of self.
I began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in my writing.
My former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired my writing and I have incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both my fiction and poetry.
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Aside from literary pursuits…
Some of my blog posts focus on health-related topics. Back in 2020, I lost 3 stone/42 lbs/18 kgs by doing the keto diet. I also discuss my sugar addiction and disordered eating in other posts, that may be interesting or informative to some readers who don’t necessarily follow my writing.