Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a writer: at the age of 11, I sent my first novel – entitled Jimmy and written in my best joined-up writing (which wasn’t that neat, to be honest) – to a major publishing house in London. They sent me an encouraging letter, but did reject my minor masterpiece.
In the decade before moving to Mallorca in 2004, I was a radio presenter for both independent and, latterly for five years, BBC local radio. A bit of a workaholic, I also managed to squeeze some freelance copywriting, PR consultancy work, and occasional TV continuity announcing for Central ITV, into my work schedule. Before all this mania, I worked in PR for a European hotel chain’s UK HQ. To this day, I still love looking around, staying in, and writing about hotels.
The Big Move
Since 2004 I’ve lived in an old finca in rural Mallorca, where nature’s soundtrack of birds, insects, sheep bells, and braying donkeys plays as I continue my writing. This was a Big Move for a (then) frequently-high-heeled person who had lived most of her life in a city, town, or large village – and never before had the slightest urge to live the bucolic life. Now I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
Life in Mallorca
Apart from this blog, I also have another blog relating to food, drink, and places to stay in Mallorca. I love to write about this beautiful island and have contributed Mallorca-related articles to publications including abcMallorca, Majorca Daily Bulletin, The Telegraph (global edition), Living Spain, Food & Wine, and Writers’ Forum. I’ve also contributed to online publications The Business Travel News, A Luxury Travel Blog, Insiders Abroad, Nourish The Guide, and others.
Writers Abroad has published some of my short fiction and non-fiction in four of their international anthologies:
- Short Story Anthology, 2010
- Foreign Flavours, 2011
- Foreign Encounters, 2012
- Kaleidoscope, 2015
During Spain’s tough lockdown in 2020, I knuckled down to finish the novel I’d tinkered with writing for a while. My debut novel – featuring rural Mallorca and cats – is now finished, and the daunting task of finding a publisher is about to begin.
My Likes, Dislikes, and a Dream
My passions (in addition to the aforementioned hotels) – in no particular order – are cooking, eating out, checking out hotels, Mallorcan wines, walking, being in the countryside, and the various males in my life (most of whom have four legs).
The things I really don’t like are litter, mashed potatoes, graffiti, and the thought of eating snails.
My dream is that a publisher somewhere will beg me to turn this blog into a book …
On May 5th, 2019, Mallorca Reflections published an interview with me. You can read it here.
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