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At school, I’d get into trouble for “not listening”, but I was actually lost in my imagination, fed by weekly trips to the library.
My GCSE English coursework folder was filled to bursting with enthusiastically written essays and stories.
My writing has always been inspired by my love of music. As a sixth former, I listened to ‘Outside Inside’ by the Levellers and Paul appeared in my head: a vegan who inherits his uncle’s butcher’s van.
I went to university in Sheffield to study English Literature, and I concentrated on having fun for a few years. But the characters from my novel were demanding to be written about, coming to life. Life kept intervening, but I began working hard, writing in my spare time.
In 2010, I graduated from the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University. I had finally finished my first novel, ‘Outside Inside’. A few edits later, and here it is!
I left my full time job in 2013 to launch a freelance writing business, Wild Rosemary Writing Services, and I love helping people to tell their stories.
I still live in Sheffield, and I love it. In the summer, you’ll find me at music festivals, volunteering for Oxfam.