Give me a spluttering spark to turn into an epic story that weaves together a dozen threads and introduces fourteen main characters, all the while spanning the length and breadth of a world I dragged shuddering out of the decadently dazzling cosmos of my mind’s darkest recesses….and I’ll pour out my soul to write it….
Give me a page where people want to know about “me”….and I….got nothing.
So…when all else fails and I struggle to think of anything noteworthy that you people might actually want to know – I fall back on lists. So here is some random stuff about me:
☆ My home is shared with my loving and (extremely patient) partner, numerous cats, a crazy budgie and a large pose-able plastic skeleton called Bert.
☆ Writing has been my passion since I was 8. I blame a teacher – she asked the class to write a description of a friendly monster under the bed. As a kid that liked to draw monsters it was easy enough to picture the image of this giant, orange-furred, scaly-backed creature who ate odd socks, dropped pencils and dust bunnies (and who wasn’t friends with the monster in the closet!)
☆ As well as writing and art, my creativity also spans to pottery which gives me a lot of “quiet head time”
(This is one of my pottery creations a castle tea light holder with a dragon climbing up the side)–>
I love this because it looks awesome, took ages to make and (so far) hasn’t been destroyed either by the cats or my partner’s clumsiness.
☆ I am a pretty extreme introvert (with social anxiety disorder) and if I didn’t need to pay bills I would probably be more of a hermit than I already am… though my partner has done a good job of getting me to socialise more (hence why I started things like pottery)
☆ There is also reading, I love reading. To the point where I have no more room for any more bookcases! That is a problem.
☆ Yes I have a kindle but I personally prefer actual books rather than ones on Kindle. So I use my Kindle for more non-fiction books and random ones people have recommended. If I like them… I buy the book.
☆ I also love movies…who the hell doesn’t love movies? Don’t answer that, if someone doesn’t like movies…I don’t wanna know. So… action, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy even some drama all work for me. Not in to the so-called “chick flicks” or movies with stupid moments like there’s a ticking time bomb so that becomes the time main characters kiss and tell each other their feelings. Don’t do it in book and don’t do it in movies. Seriously.
☆ I spend more time in pajamas than in any other clothes…and yes my mother would be horrified to know that fact. But as a writer I feel fully justified to be as comfortable as possible.
☆ In school I wrote mostly horror stories in English class (The idea of scaring people with words interested me), they always got top marks but I received a lot of “please try and write something that doesn’t include entrails” on my work. Though at least one of my teachers liked my creepy writing and encouraged me to continue writing.
☆ I don’t actually write horror now, maybe I was just getting all the creepy teenage angst and freaky neuroses out in my stories and horror was the best way to do it.
☆ My academic credentials were never that great. As I got older I became much more interested in my stories and my drawings than learning maths or remembering facts. However I was actually great with facts but more “average height of a triceratops” rather than “when the Great Fire of London occurred”. Well, *I* think it’s important to know the height of a triceratops!
☆ Maybe this is a good time to mention I like dinosaurs, yep even as a “supposed adult” I still like them. I even make them in pottery.
☆ When I’m not writing I am working a boring office job to pay my bills (damn bills again!), watching movies (often ones that I have seen a 100 times before), curled up on the sofa reading (sometimes books I’ve read 100 times before) or I’m in the garden rescuing frogs and watching the birds (and generally avoiding people). Oh and I also make and sell jewellery… I appear to like being crazy busy.
☆ I also shoot arrows at targets. (See what happens when I am forced to socialise!?) Yup I started archery with my partner and am shockingly not as awful as
everyone I thought I would be ;p
(This pretty awesome spread of arrows was something I managed on my 4th week of lessons…so the message here is – don’t piss me off because apparently I’m a a pretty good shot…though I can’t string the bow to save my life!)
☆ Despite being in my 3rd decade I still watch cartoons preferring the older classics like Danger Mouse, Duckula, Bucky O’Hare etc. (Who says you need to be old to be eccentric?)
☆ Throughout my life people have treated my desire to write as a “phase” and I am happily and stubbornly disappointing them all by remaining within this so-called “phase.”
☆ I like to sing….badly….and out of tune, but (almost) always on my own… though sometimes my partner has to suffer my singing. It usually occurs in the car.
☆ I love organising. Give me a dishevelled room and I go all gooey at the prospect of organising it. This is much to the horror of my partner who will sometimes walk in and find me measuring cupboards and shelves and muttering about baskets and boxes. He tries to restrain me from reorganising the house every year… he’s doing an okay job so far.
☆ I like card games but that can get pretty competitive so I am limited to who I pay against and how often I play. I also like boardgames…which also gets pretty competitive. Who knew Bogle could make people so argumentative? 😀
☆ Currently I have at LEAST 6 novel series ideas (yup, not even trilogies, series’) so I don’t think I will be running out of ideas any time soon.
☆ Throughout my life I have tried my hand at a great many genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, crime, drama, romance, animal literature, horror etc. I prefer traditional fantasy, urban fantasy and sci-fi and sometimes crime now. Though I don’t think I will ever limit myself because it all depends on the idea I suddenly get.
☆”Bizarre” is one of my favourite words. I just like the way it sounds. I also like “gloop” (Is that even a word?)
☆I love rainbows and coloured pens. I also love really sharp pencils.
I use them for everything and they make me feel happy…weird but true…
here’s my desk spinny-thing that I now keep (almost) all of my coloured pens in. Look it’s soooo pretty :)–>
☆ I am sure I have fallen into most of the pitfalls that come with writing, and those I haven’t, I probably will do eventually.
☆ I seem incapable of writing single stories. All my stories are either trilogies or series’. I’ve wrote several but am trying my best to stick to just
one two and get them all the way through to the final polished draft.
☆ I don’t do “adulting” very well, much to the chagrin of my parents (read my Bad at Being an Adult post and my Bad at Being an Adult part 2). I have flashes of ability at being an adult that dazzle and amaze! But then I’ll buy a life-size pose-able skeleton and sit him at the table. Just wait until I take him to my parents house for Christmas 😀
☆ Unlike most writers I hate coffee. Yuck, smells bad, tastes bad… it’s a big cup of Nope! So, instead I am tea-drinker. What? A tea-drinking Brit? yes, and I do love crumpets. But no, I don’t wear a Bowler hat. Though I would probably rock one! (Note to self, buy a Bowler hat)
If you made it all the way to the end of the list good for you! I appreciate you taking the time to learn weird and random facts about the person behind the words. (Me! in case you didn’t get that!)
If after this you feel the need to ask me something or reach out and chitchat, you can contact me at several locations as well as this one. Just pop to my Contacts Page for details. (My introverted/social anxiety can cope with interactions online… it’s all this ‘peopleing’ outside in the real world that I’m not a fan of!)