Arlesey, United Kingdom
I am currently a primary school teacher, a job which I am thoroughly enjoying.
Previously, I have been a French teacher in secondary and primary schools. Born
and raised in France, I have moved to England 12 years ago and have settled there.
I have lived in Ireland, Spain, Scotland, Belarus and Russia as well as France and
England. Living abroad has always been a lure for me as I love immersing myself in
different cultures and ways of life.
I have always enjoyed reading and writing. I could not blank out the nagging thought
at the back of my mind that I wanted to write a book, a whole book, to prove I could
In recent years, my attitude to writing has shifted. Writing bits and pieces was not
enough anymore and I decided to tackle the book issue head first. This is what led
me to enrol on the UEA Creative Writing course for beginners (distance-learning) in
the summer of 2012, which was a great eye-opener in how to craft intrigues and how
to write in a more enlightened way than I had done previously.
After my Pass in this course, I was spurned on to start writing something bigger than
a short story. As with many of my stories and other pieces, a mood or an
atmosphere is what makes me write my first lines.
When I started The Red Notebook, I did not have a title but three things/objects
which popped in my head.
A stolen ring (not much value) bought in Camden market by a previous boyfriend
A bikini, which is too flashy and too small
A recipe with goes wrong
From this, I started writing the first page and found myself absorbed by the story
straight away. Having never used a proper planning structure for my other pieces, I
set myself the task of writing the outline of the story and the approximate number of
words I needed for each part of the book. From then on, I have exercised discipline
in trying to write so many words to keep on top of my schedule. It has not always
been easy but has been a formidable lesson in how to write.
Interests: Russian traditions and history ( past and contemporary), literature, cooking, talking to
people, writing ...
Published writer: Yes