Previously a freelance feature writer, editor, teacher and lecturer, I now focus on the shockingly successful hyperlocal Bude & Beyond Community website and writing local-interest books.
A First Class Honours graduate in Literature, my recent books, commissioned and published by Amberley Publishing, include Bude Through Time, Bude – the Postcard Collection, and Secret Bude. They are available at Wharf Studio, Spencer Thorn, Crescent Post Office, online via Amazon or this website, or from the publisher.
I currently work from Wharf Studio in Bude, where I am now editing my book about the fascinating, enigmatic tarot artist, Pamela Colman Smith, scheduled for publication in 2019. At the studio, I also teach writing groups/classes for those wanting to fill the blank page and get their story out.
There are older titles written or edited during my earlier freelance feature writing/publishing days. Working with writers was always rewarding; my favourite was probably the late and lovely John Nicklin who was a trawler man with the language to match, so the book required strong editing – but what a story he had to tell! Christine Kenny also completed a fascinating book based on her interviews with women mill workers. She wanted to call it The Smell of Christmas but I was struck by the women workers exclaiming about dust from the cotton getting everywhere…it became Cotton Everywhere.
Editing, manuscript reading, writing and proofreading services are still available.
Here is a small sample of my previous written/edited titles: