Probably the most prolific diary writer in the history of the world, I have been obsessively recording my crushes on females since the age of fourteen. I currently clock up half a million words per year, but never let on to the woman I'm dating that I jot down everything she says and does.
I LOVED my all-girls public school. Apart from mercilessly hounding Miss Williams, with whom I fell in love at first sight at the age of twelve, I was a model pupil. In my early twenties I swapped my Latin homework for drug-taking and squatting.
Having sported an 'I LOVE MISS WILLIAMS' tattoo on my left wrist for eleven years, I finally tired of the inane questions it encouraged and got a cover-up in 1999.
I'm a list-writing geek and a drummer. I play table tennis and make my own beer. I am not a stalker anymore.
What types of books do you write?
Memoir, all in diary format, based on my real-life diaries. As I am lesbian, they are inherently LGBT-themed. I struggled with my sexuality for a long time, so the tortuous and largely clueless ‘coming out’ process features heavily. Stalking, disordered eating, and general dysfunctional behaviour get a good look-in too.
Describe your desk
It's quite duvet-like and not too far from a coffee.
The collected diaries:
Lesbian Crushes at School: A Diary on Growing Up Gay in the Eighties (1983-1989)
Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder (1989-1990)
Lesbian Crushes in France: A Diary on Screwing Up my Year Abroad (1990-1991)
In 1990 twenty-year-old Natasha finds herself in France on her university year abroad. She is ANGRY. Everyone should be a lesbian, or she will punish them for their oversight (particularly her bemused fellow English assistant friend, Ange).
13-year-old Natasha is in love with her teacher, Miss Williams, in an all-girls school in the eighties. She juggles her Latin homework, Bible study, a crush on Elaine Paige, and her suppressed sexuality, noting everything down in her diary in an attempt to make sense of it all. True story.
19-year-old Natasha is obsessively in love with her teacher, Miss Williams. The tattoo she flashes around says so. Natasha meets Alex, a girl her own age, who questions her about the tattoo. An awkward romance is born. In this real-life diary Natasha records her panic at a lesbian relationship. To lose weight, she starves herself. To make sure she's gay, she drags five boys into bed in one week.