Thank you for taking a look around! I was born in Germany, raised in the Middle East and Africa, and now live in Buckinghamshire. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, an artist, a writer and a lover of cats.
My first ever stories were about the animals and birds I saw around me as a child. At around the age of 10, I wrote a story about my missing teddy, who I had buried on a beach, never to be seen again. I think my school friends may remember my tour de force Teddy In A Bucket that still sits proudly, if a little tired and worn, on my bookcase.
After studying Geography at Oxford, I went onto do my PhD in Middle Eastern Geopolitics at SOAS in London. I loved the archival research, the careful blending together of connections, and the digging down into the deeper layers of how a history, a narrative, unfolds. It was also obvious that the same unfolding had many different narratives attached to it - depending on the archives used, the perspective of each player. My thesis, THE CRYSTALLISATION OF THE IRAQI STATE, was published by Peter Lang in 2003.
I went to art school at the weekends and evenings, to study towards a post-grad diploma in sculpture and drawing. I had always felt that my creative drive had been taking a back seat to my academic leanings, and redressing this balance felt a little like the bursting of a dam.
I have always held a deep interest in psychology and psychoanalysis. Whilst all these threads may appear to be disparate to some people, I have always found that they make a cohesive sense to me - an exploration into what makes us human - from the macro to the micro levels. Once imposed names of different disciplines are taken away - any learning is really learning about life, and our place in the world.
In this way, whilst THE SHIFTING POOLS may be viewed as 'magical realism', possibly even fantasy, my views of genre definitions are the same as my view on the divisions between academic disciplines: they are just there to apply a little order and ease of reference to the situation, but we should not be held hostage to them. They are just a way to attempt to simplify the incredible richness and complexity of life. When they are a hindrance, they should be happily ignored.