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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:

May 2019: My InkTears shortlisted story “The Apocalypse Alphabet” will be released as a podcast in preparation for the next Stroud Short Stories event. Thanks to Laura Byng for recording my reading of it. Google “Stroud Short Stories podcast” from mid-April onward and have a listen, because other great writers will be reading their stories too.

April 2019: I’m delighted to return to Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival to read on their short stories panel on 27/04/2019. I’ve got a brand new story to share, and there are so many other fabulous free events, make sure you don’t miss it.

March 2019: I’ll be reading part of a funny little romance at Novel Nights Bristol on 27/03. Novel Nights is always a great event, and this one will feature Billy Kahora speaking on how to compile a short story collection.

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).