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Nearly three years ago I started writing fiction. I'm writing a series of (probably 5) books called The Dani Stories. Currently I've completed the first three and I've just started trying to get these published. My main character is Daniela and the conflicts between her and her mother, Esme form the background and many of the growing points in their lives. I love them both (and Dani's friend, Jaffa, too) and don't know what I shall do without them when I've finished their stories... but there's time yet. Two more to go.
As a break from Dani (only brief, I can't wait to get back to her), I've just written a novel set in Papua New Guinea. It's called The Sauly Bird (and yes, the title keeps changing) It's a psycho drama/ thriller about Aulani who is accused of witchcraft but who escapes from her tormentor and goes in search of her two mothers. Aulani is a victim, but she is tough and she escapes and learns how to reverse her fate. I've finished it up to 4th draft stage so it's out with the beta readers now.
While I'm waiting for their comments before I go through it again, I am writing the synopsis and a query letter, and also, I've started writing another story. This time it's set in Germany. It's called Don't you remember me? It's a love story with a twist. So far I've just written the first eight chapters. It's keeping me occupied.
I'm a reader, of course. Books have saved my life. I've got so many favourites - Maya Angelou, Esi Edugyan, Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Tim Winton, Elena Ferrante, Fyodor Dostoevsky, James Baldwin, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro, Andrea Levy, Kate Grenville, Margaret Atwood (especially her poems), Haruki Murakami, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maggie O'Farrell, Marilynne Robinson, Goethe, Yevtushenko, Colm Toibin, Rose Tremain, Yaa Gyasi - and so many more.
I live in beautiful Hastings.
My interests (apart from reading & writing)
Sound & Rhythm in prose - when we read, we hear the words in our head (even though we're reading so much faster than we speak) so the rhythm and the sound matter. Not only in poetry (we all know that) but in prose, too. Our hearts can beat as one when rhythms sync. (I'm an applied linguist with a doctorate from Edinburgh and have worked at the University of Papua New Guinea and in the UK at Oxford Brookes University.)
My family & friends - you are marvellous - couldn't manage without you.
Greeting dogs & cats - at the risk of sounding soppy, have to admit that I greet animals I meet on the street or in buses. Keep trying not to get another dog because I like to travel and dogs miss you... and I miss them.
...& birds - did you know that seagulls can live till they're 50 and stick with one mate - and that magpies are very clever....and that there are three wood pigeons who come and sit outside on my verandah when I play a certain high note on the fiddle?