Frequently Asked Questions
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, graduating from notebooks and scraps of paper to truly terrible fanfiction and then to writing my own novels. Side note, I will take my fanfiction.net password to the grave!
I started taking writing more seriously when I was seventeen and a novel I wrote placed as runner-up in a competition judged by Random House Children’s Books. Since then I’ve written lots of different things but they all have one common thread; they include young women dealing with something otherworldly.
Where does your inspiration come from?
A lot of my projects start off as dreams. I’ll write down a quick note on my laptop and then over the next few weeks and months start to flesh out the story. These Hollow Stars started this way but is also very loosely inspired by a story I wrote when I was about thirteen, about a theatre in the afterlife and it’s custodians.
What books have you enjoyed recently?
I’ve read some great books over the last few months and my recommendations would have to be: the first Trials of Apollo book by Rick Riordan (MG), The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (YA), Q by Christina Dalcher and finally The Chain by Adrian McKinty for my favourite recent crime novel.
What is your research about?
I’m currently studying experiences of crisis in the north east of England during the early modern period and thinking about how ordinary people experience bigger societal changes. For my MA dissertation I’m looking at a single parish in Durham and then for my PhD, which I’ll start in October, I’ll be extending my outlook further afield. Seeing documents written by people who lived hundreds of years ago is always exciting and I can’t wait to be back in the archives again soon.
Apart from writing, what do you do for fun?
I’ve become very invested in baking and Animal Crossing over the last few months, but I also like wandering the countryside around my home while listening to my latest musical obsession. Playing Scrabble is another favourite activity right now.
Where do you live?
I live in the North of England with my Mum, sister and two majestic kitties. Ella