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Tell us about yourself:

I spend my time teaching and researching science, but I also write horror and science fiction part time.

Why do you dig horror?

As a ten year old I realised horror existed. Over the years I have devoured every book possible. Over the years I have written plenty of research papers and non-fiction book chapters but one day I started to write horror. Two years on from that moment and I still adore fiction writing and have not looked back since.

Tell us about some of your projects. Say as much as you want!

I mostly enjoy writing short stories. I am constantly looking for new ideas. I have just finished a commissioned anthology of short stories alongside one other author. I give a variety of talks to all sorts of groups. I cover topics ranging from women in science and scientific discoveries through to fiction writing.

How has being a woman in the industry helped / hurt you?

I managed to pick three industries which are dominated by men, science teaching and research, horror and science fiction writing. It is difficult to tell whether it has helped/hurt being a woman (having not experienced being a male writer). One thing I do know is there are fewer female role models out there. I give informal lectures on fiction writing and the most recognised names are frequently men.

Tell a woman who wants to get into horror something you wish someone had told you.

Just write. Have the confidence to send your work off to publishers. Do not undersell yourself. Do not ever feel rejected. Be confident!


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