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.
Anne Lister (1791–1840) and Natasha Holme (1969–) are two lesbian diarists, two centuries apart, who conceal their sexuality behind an esoteric code of their own devising. Helena Whitbread and Natasha Holme investigate.
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.