My key focus is writing about issues in social care but I also like to have fun with comic fiction. Clearly these two areas are completely unconnected, but for me that’s an advantage: switching between two different genres keeps me refreshed and stimulated.
As a carer for my father, this is an area close to my heart. 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).