Joanne M. Weselby (1985- ) was born in Sutton in Ashfield, England and grew up a stone's throw from Sherwood Forest. A bookish overachiever, she could always be found with her nose in a novel, or her head in the clouds.
As an adult, despite struggling with her health, she went on to obtain a first class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University in 2012, at the age of 27. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Five Leaves Prize and the Pat McLernon Prize for outstanding academic achievements in her chosen field.
She now runs her own freelance business working as a writer, academic researcher and copyeditor.
So, Joanne... what does the 'M' stand for?
Michele - my Dad doesn't exactly have a way with spelling!
Where did you grow up, and how did your childhood influence your writing?
I grew up a stone's throw from Sherwood Forest - my early childhood was a careless haze, full of the stacks of storybooks I kept at the foot of my bed, the chalked pictured drawn on the pavement, the bike rides with no destination in mind, days of grass-stained kneecaps and gleeful laughter, the bliss of homemade Cola lollies and sprinklers in the garden. With such wonderful distractions, I never thought about who I was; who I wanted to be.
It was at age 11 that someone saw the writer in me. A secondary school English teacher used to kids reading Shakespeare with dead eyes and slack jaws, he saw something different in me; a quality of 'writerliness' (as he once put it). He told me something else that day: that, as a writer, I read with the eyes of a thief - that we were all thieves, looking for shiny things to pull apart and put back together in a way that was different, that was ours. He taught me that day that all writers are magpies.
I have never forgotten this childhood revelation - it has become an integral part of my understanding of who I am as a writer; my purpose, my function, and why I love it so damn much!
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