Hey there, how’s it going?
I’m just awful at updating this website. The last time I updated was something like May 2018. It’s fair to say a lot has happened since then. For starters, I got accepted to study a joint hours degree in Journalism and Creative Writing at University of Lincoln and moved to Lincoln. My first year is already coming to an end. Time flies!
Last summer my work-in-progress was longlisted for WriteNow 2018 by Penguin Random House. I wasn’t shortlisted but I did go to their event in Nottingham and watched some amazing panels featuring authors, editors, illustrators and agents who offered amazing insight and advice. I chatted to the managing director of Penguin over coffee, which was surreal! I also made some great friends who I still keep in touch with.
Speaking of great friends, it was there that I met Mahsuda Snaith who was there was a panellist but who I originally met through my infamous Twitter post. Together we created Writers Represented, a twitter account where we champion and inform under represented writers.
This February I was invited to stay at a writer’s retreat, hosted by best-selling author Jane Shemilt at her beautiful country house. I stayed there with Geraldine Quigley, Shannon Eden and Helen Gray. Jane took us to a book talk by Tessa Hadley and we also had dinner with Mimi Thebo. It was a thoroughly life affirming week and I will never forget it.
Right now, I’m working on my deadlines for the end of year one and then I will be finishing up my long-listed manuscript ready to send to agents. Life is pretty great.
So, that’s that. Glad we caught up. I’m pretty addicted to social media so if you need me, you can almost always find me on Twitter, Instagram et al. Just click the widget things over there.
Before you leave, please follow Writers Represented on Twitter! We also have a book club on Instagram under the same name and logo. Hopefully I’ll be able to make another self-absorbed wanky post in the near future about how I have an agent and a private helicopter or something. Until then, see ya next time!