In 2010 I gave myself the challenge of writing a letter a week to a friend with the sole purpose of cheering him up, he having just been diagnosed with cancer. Nice gesture - until I realised that my letters needed to be funny; not necessarily the easiest thing for a career-hungry corporate City girl.
With well over a hundred letters now written, I have a Masters in Creative Writing from Birkbeck University, a writing life I would never have dreamt of, and most importantly, a friend who is three years clear of cancer. And it turns out, a corporate City girl can make people laugh.
My short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies and I was runner-up in the inaugural SASH writing competition. I am currently working on my first novel.
In my new writing career, I am Managing Editor at Word Factory, London’s leading short story salon, and I teach creative writing to disadvantaged adults and children.