I was born in the Northern town of Blackburn, Lancashire and moved to the Midlands in Leicestershire when I was 9 months old. I settled with my family in a village just outside the university town of Loughborough where I have lived ever since. I have one younger, married sister but no pets, despite my recent affection for cute, button-nosed poodles (which I often bump into on my local walks). Other things which I am fond of include: cups of green tea, nature walks, rainbows, the smell of coconut and episodes of How I Met Your Mother (which I’m currently making my way through after finally being introduced to Netflix by my boyfriend during the Covid-19 lockdown).
My love of literature began at an early age. I grew up listening to my dad recite stories, poems and lyrics. I quickly fell in love with the flowery, musical language of the Romantic poets and my dad's recital of classics like Tennyson's The Brook and Daffodils by Wordsworth. I will never forget the American Civil War letter that dad used to play on an audio tape in the car and how the words and haunting music moved me to tears. From a young age I realised how powerful language could be and how beautifully it could be crafted to make you feel something.
As I've grown older I've enjoyed reading personal stories, those that explore human nature and life experiences. Although our journeys are unique, there is so much about our lives and the very nature of being human that unites us.
When I was studying at university I became fascinated by the modernist writers. I remember reading the novels of Virginia Woolf and really loved her ability to bring you inside the character's head. Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse are two of my favourites.
From the age of ten I was writing a diary, driven by an urge to capture all the fun, exciting, picture-perfect moments of my life as a child, like the games and adventures that I shared with my friends in the summer holidays and my family trips to Lancashire. As my consciousness of growing up started to creep in, I was scared by all the changes it represented. That's when I started to pour out my heart into a journal, expressing all the things that I couldn't share with anyone else.
During my darkest days of battling anorexia I found writing to be a comfort and filled endless notebooks and diaries during my time in hospital. Two years ago I dug these out and at the same time I found many letters, notes, poems and pictures from friends and patients. It got me thinking again about the book I always promised myself I would write, so in the summer of 2019, I started writing the first lines of Head Heart and Hipbones.
My book is now available on Amazon and has recently been trending in the top spot for Hot New Releases and Best Seller in Eating Disorder Biographies.
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