Notes on my family

‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices....
About me

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Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am an author living in Hertfordshire, just north of London.

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'A warm, witty and moving look at one complicated family and the girl at the heart of it. Full of sincerity, intelligence and hope.’

- Anna James, a case for books.

On Writing Notes on my Family
Books

Why I wrote Notes on my Family

I began writing Notes on My Family during the final year of my undergraduate degree. I studied Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University. I knew I wanted to write something very different to anything I had attempted before. I wanted to write in the present tense, for the novel to be fast paced and for there to be a sense…

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Thoughts on writing

Ann Quin, and a sense of place in literature

‘A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father… Window blurred by out of season spray. Above the sea, overlooking the town, a body rolls upon a creaking bed: fish without fins, flat-headed, white-scaled, bound by a corridor room – dimensions rarely touched by the sun – Alistair Berg,…

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Thoughts on writing

On Ideas

I was thinking this morning about ideas. A question that every author is asked at some stage in their writing career is: Where do you get your ideas from? It’s an obvious question which often results in a less than obvious response from the author. There is one thing to remember here: ideas are not plot. For me, ideas are…

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Books

Notes on my family

‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices. She has a dog called Renzo but it should be noted that Renzo lives in an alternate universe along with her real/imaginary parents. Louise Coulson cannot juggle or walk a tightrope or perform any additional circus tricks. She likes cheese and…

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