I’m a freelance writer focusing on issues in social care - as a carer for my father since 2013, it’s an area close to my heart.
In amongst the challenges of caring, a sense of humour is invaluable and writing comic fiction provides important light relief. It has other benefits too - switching between two genres keeps me stimulated and refreshed.
I aim to raise awareness of the issues that carers face and to challenge some of the assumptions and preconceptions that persist about this largely invisible role.
Whilst caring can be very demanding it also has a positive side. With the right support it can be a rewarding and enriching experience.
There are many inspiring stories that carers have to share; stories that teach us much about what it is to be human and the value of our personal and community relationships.
Sometimes it’s fun just to let my imagination go, so in between my non-fiction writing I enjoy inventing comic short stories and flash fiction.
I particularly enjoy putting a comic twist on well-known folk stories and fairy tale characters. Their familiarity gives plenty of scope for playing with traditional narratives and the reader’s expectations.
These stories have no purpose other than to make the reader smile (though giggling is better).