I find I draw a lot of inspiration from my teenage and just-into-twenties age. I went through a very tough time with my mental health from around the age of fourteen, and I was also the victim of a non-contact sexual assault at 15. My whole psyche kind of…fell apart. It took me a very… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What period of your life do you wrote about most often?
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go… Continue reading Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
I grew up loving fantasy novels and my dad encouraged me to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at a fairly early age. My most favourite of his recommendations was The Malloreon and The Belgariad, both epic fantasy by David Eddings. I fell in love with Garion and Silk and Barak and… Continue reading Getting to Know You: Why Did You Decide to Write Fantasy?
I realised I wanted to be writer when I hit puberty, around thirteen. I’d always loved reading, and as a kid, one of the best parts of my week was Saturday, around 5pm. I’d be in the car with my dad, waiting in College Square North in Belfast, waiting to pick up my mum and… Continue reading Getting to Know You: When Did You Realise You Wanted to be a Writer?