I have been writing since I was old enough to buy small notebooks with my pocket money. At the time I thought that a story had to always be as long as the number of pages in the notebook and often had to write a sequel to continue, having not been able to fit it all into the one book.
At university I studied archaeology and ancient history, though writing remained a huge passion and I continued to write on a variety of projects. On entering the working world (I now work in a small museum), a lack of time and money made it hard to write as much as I had wanted. After years of false starts I finally knuckled down and took part in the 2010 NaNoWriMo.
Not only did this reawaken a drive I forgot I had, it taught me a lot about me as a writer – both good and bad. Completing the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, I was awarded, along with my fellow winners, a voucher to have a book self-published. As such, alongside my day job, volunteer work and several hobbies, I have been finishing and editing a novel I started writing in 2002! I had always believed that some day it would be finished, but with the end so close in sight, it feels quite surreal. I had come to know the story so well even when half of it was not yet on paper! With the submission deadline approaching, I am excited at the prospect of finally being able to really call myself a "writer".
As well as writing I volunteer for an archaeological youth club and perform in cabaret shows.
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