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Graffiti on oil tank: "Live life."
Graffiti in my New England hometown. Photo credit: Nicole St. James

I write about diverse characters, with a literary vein running through my contemporary fiction.

I’ve created this to share the “bits of string” writers are known for gathering: the dangling ends of intriguing plot webs, a desperate character’s unraveling threads…

Events:

2020: Ah, the eventful year with no events. Like a lot of other people in Lockdown, I find it a bit lonely and I worry about how this will affect opportunities for writers. So, I’ve shamelessly created an opportunity by reading my novel The Wrong Ten Seconds on my YouTube channel, while hoping it brings truth and ultimately hope to other lonely souls. Here’s the opening chapter, and go from there!

May 2019: In case anyone hasn’t thought enough about the end of the world lately, my InkTears shortlisted story “The Apocalypse Alphabet” is available  as a podcast thanks to Stroud Short Stories and Laura Byng. There are other great stories there too, but if you want a reminder that we’re actually lucky right now…

Bestseller! Stroud Short Stories epic 2015-2018 anthology was the fifth bestselling book at renowned independent bookseller The Yellow Light Bookshop. Among the volume’s 57 tales are my “The Apocalypse Alphabet” and “From Newcastle, With Love.” For those not so local, Amazon’s selling copies, too.

Work-in-Progress: What am I rattling away on at the moment? Soooo glad you asked. The Gospel of Eve is Eve’s side of the story, after rather a long wait. What happened after leaving Eden, how did it feel to raise generations that would never know paradise on earth, and why did she take that fruit in the first place? Already described as “Astonishing! Unique… It’s lush but angry too. A heady combination.” See blog posts on my creation process here and here (and just keep on reading).