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I was born in South Wales, UK. As a child, I would always be writing poems, songs and stories. When I reached my teenage years, I also kept journals and considered myself to be the Penpal Queen!
As a little girl, my favourite book was Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I also loved to read The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Night the Toys Came to Life by Enid Blyton.
I grew up with my younger brother. Our childhood was not an easy one, but we were a great support system for each other and we spent much of our time laughing at things that only we found funny. We were influenced by classic 80’s films like The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, BIG, Labyrinth, The NeverEnding Story, Dirty Dancing, Flight of the Navigator and E.T.
I still live in Wales, although I moved to a different county.
I still speak Welsh, although not as fluently as I used to.
I still love Wales, although I struggle with the weather a bit more as I get older!
My favourite people are my small, but perfectly dysfunctional group of family and friends. Although, none of them are as cool as my dogs.
BRAINY STUFF . . .
As well as writing my debut novel, I’ve also written for various magazines and news platforms, both online and offline. I studied Creative and Professional Writing at university, where I graduated with first-class honours and was awarded the Stella Levi Prize for Academic Excellence. I was also one of fifteen selected for the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course in 2011.
Alongside my teacher training, I also trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist, and I’ve spent much of my career working between therapy, teaching and writing. I hope that one day, I can combine the three professions harmoniously enough to be able to teach my own therapeutic workshops and still write!
I am particularly fond of writing pieces where I’m able to explore themes around spirituality, philosophy, mind, body and soul.
White Petals has been used in book clubs around the UK, and was also used as the focus study material for units 12 & 13 of the OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technicals in Art & Design at the Nantgarw Cardiff Campus, Coleg y Cymoedd.
I’m available for author visits and creative writing workshops, so if you’d like to work with me, feel free to get in touch.
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In my spare time, you can find me at the cinema, out walking my dogs, socialising with my friends and enjoying nature.
I read good books and watch bad telly.
I love the smell of firewood, clean laundry, fresh-cut grass, baking bread, books, bubblegum, rhubarb and roses.
My favourite seasons are Spring & Autumn, and my favourite treat is Afternoon Tea.
I like to travel and discover new places – especially ancient and sacred sites.
I love working on my personal, conscious development, and I can often be found attending and contributing to health & well-being classes, workshops, retreats and festivals. I’m currently training to be a Shamanic Practitioner, so I can combine my shamanic practitioner training with my hypnotherapy training, and then team it all together with my teacher training to create some powerful cathartic workshops for women. If I can do this, and still manage to write some good stuff when inspiration visits, then that would be wonderful!