So, you want to know a little more about yours truly, here goes…
I am a graduate of Creative Writing & English Literature from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.
I am originally from a little town in the North of England close to Newcastle; this has given me a wondrous accent which is fairly noticeable compared to the Leicester drawl and which you may have already read about if you’ve checked out my University Project pages. If you haven’t checked them out yet, well get to it…
All of my life I have been a keen reader, demolishing my First School’s library in a few years and then being upgraded to the nearby High School’s public library before I had even made it to Middle School. My love of reading was insatiable and as you would expect, this in turn eventually led me to begin to pen my own stories.
I have dabbled in writing everything from Romance, to Crime fictions, to Historical fictions to Fantasy, which is my current favourite genre. My love of Fantasy stems from the encouragement I received as a child to read Tolkien, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson and of course J.K. Rowling. These are all series I grew up with, their characters and expansive worlds inspiring me to experiment with similar styles, ideas and techniques in my own writing.
When it came to that difficult and critical ‘decide the rest of your life’ time I decided that writing professionally was definitely a career I was interested in pursuing. This decision then encouraged me to take the course I have recently completed at University with the hopes I will one day be a published and recognised author.
Perhaps due to my love of Fantasy, I have also always been fascinated with the Arthurian Myths of Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, reading and watching absolutely anything I could get my hands on in that subject. So keen is my interest in the Arthurian myths that for my final year Portfolio piece I have decided to do a literary appropriation of the Holy Grail myth involving King Arthur’s knights. My piece will be a reworking of the original myth set in a dystopian future, and I am very excited about it.
Since starting University I have also begun to experiment with new styles, my University Project Geordie poems being one instance of this. The idea for my dialect poems is due to the fact that as my own accent is noticeably different from those in Leicester and this was always being commented on, I had an idea that I could use this difference to make my own work stand out even more. So far I have used this idea to write Geordie monologues, poems and a short story, all written in my native Geordie pitmatic accent.
Outside of University I am currently in the process of writing and editing my first serious Fantasy novel which I have been working on for a few years now. I am very excited about this and hope to get it finished and published sometime in the near future.
So there you have it, a short introduction to myself and my interests and what inspires me to write. If you have any questions or thoughts please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I hope you enjoy my writing and continue to keep checking back for new stories, poems and blog updates.
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