I was a member of Townhouse's predecessor, The Word Cloud, almost from its inception until its death. I'm also a regular at York Festival of Writing. I've made many, many writing friends there.
My usual genre is book group fiction, although I have also written for children. My writing is more complex than general fiction, but not deeply literary. Above all, I'm curious about people, voices, relationships and a sense of place. An element of fairytale or magical realism creeps into most of my writing, but usually stays beneath the surface. Don't look to me for dystopia: I can write about the depths, yes, but my outlook is positive.
I didn't start writing until I was fifty: unfortunately, that was fourteen years ago. Before that, I did a good deal of oral storytelling, both original material aimed at adults with learning disabilities and traditional tales. I have a published short story, was agented for a while and have been long listed for the Bath Novel Award twice, in 2016 and now again in 2019 for a different novel, but that elusive first publishing deal remains just that: elusive. It doesn't bother me too much: I write because I write.