Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been a journalist for 20 years and during this time I have written many short stories and poems. My new non fiction book was written out of my personal experience with writing therapy, but also includes all of the amazing research about writing therapy and its phenomenal benefits for people.
I am currently writing a contemporary action novel about the war in Syria, the difference is that it is about women soldiers and telling their stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My current book is called Freedom Writing and details the benefits of writing therapy and how people can utilise this in their every day lives. I have written practical exercises based on my workshops and have included the experiences of my participants with writing therapy. Anyone can use writing therapy to be free, and everyone has stress that affects them every day. This book was inspired by the idea that I can help more people and show them practical ways they can be free from the stress of every day lives or deeper trauma.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to go outdoors to write, it seems to inspire me more. I often write by hand first as well and then write it into the computer as another draft.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am deeply influenced by many authors including Hemingway, EM Forster, George Elliot, Peter Carey, AS Byatt and more recently Khaleed Hosseini in The Kite Runner.
What are you working on now?
I am working on my novel called Where the Sun Rises about the war in Syria, told from the point of view of two female soldiers. This novel sees the war through this strong friendship and shows the courage and loyalty of these amazing women giving their lives in Syria right now.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word of mouth and promotions like this website.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Persevere and love what you’re doing, take risks.
What are you reading now?
The Kite Runner.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A Room with A View, Pride and Prejudice, The Bible, Middlemarch and Heart of Darkness.
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