Day job: I work in an art gallery in Manchester. I get to be surrounded by art all day, which is a great source of inspiration for my writing.
Extra-curricular: In my spare time I like to browse secondhand book shops, have lots of tea and cake and travel.
Favourite book of all time: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I first read this book when I was 16 and fell in love with it. I find myself looking for it in every bookshop to see if I can buy a copy with a different cover each time. I’ve started a similar collection with Mrs. Dalloway.
Literary pet peeves: Happy endings for the sake of happy endings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely miserable, but not every story needs a fairytale final chapter.
Guilty pleasure: Crime fiction, Buffy comic books and TV medical dramas. I have, on occasion, allowed Grey’s Anatomy to influence my social life.
Three favourite authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf and Val MacDermid.
Favourite fictional character: I’d have to say Frankenstein‘s monster. I feel he is misunderstood. I don’t think it’s ok to go around killing people but I can see why he hates Frankenstein so much. Frankenstein’s monster acts on his feelings and that’s why I like him.
Other recommended reading: Amber Benson has a fantasy series about Calliope Reaper-Jones, whose father owns Death Inc. I really like the series because it has a strong, fiesty main character and the stories deal with death in a humourous manner. If you like horror fiction, I’d also recommend Manchester based author, Tom Fletcher. His first novel, The Leaping, took a spin on werewolves that I’ve never seen before and his second novel, The Thing On The Shore, blew my mind.