As an eight year old, I had no idea how much I would come to love writing. I can still remember creating my first story - in fact, I wrote and re-wrote “The Snow That Was Confetti” so many times that it seemed unlikely that I would ever write anything else. A while later I broke free from the snow-confetti continuum and progressed to writing about stuffed animals and characters with strange names. I started taking writing seriously during my teens and still continue to write on a regular basis.
A Little Bit of History
I was born to an Italian mother and British father in 1976 on the island of Cyprus because my father was posted there with the army. And so my semi-nomadic life began. I came back to England at the age of six months and subsequently moved to Germany, Wales and then around England before heading back out to Cyprus again. I was fifteen when we finally settled in Cornwall and it was at this point that poetry became a regular outlet for my emotions, imagination and fantastical creatures.
Three years later I began college where I studied Performing Arts and it was during this time that I discovered a poetry contest in a magazine. Although I had not written a poem to a theme before, I took on their title of Leaving Home, set to work and produced two poems. I was over the moon when I found out that one of the poems was going to be published in a book called “One Way Ticket”. With renewed confidence, I continued writing and many of the poems I produced were published in a series of poetry anthologies.
I like to keep my poetry fluid and on varied themes, using different points of view to create an atmosphere. I enjoy tackling different genres from comedy to horror and from fantasy to love, often drawing from my own experiences - so many situations I find myself in have elements of the surreal.
After leaving home I spread my wings and continued my nomadic life, moving around England. I came back to Cornwall where I now live with my wonderful partner and two beautiful children. Daily, I am confused and dazedly think “how did I manage that?”.
In 2014 I decided to create my own book using some of my older poems along with many new ones. I released the first of these books, “A Little Bit of Everything” and followed this up in 2015 with “A Little Bit of Light and Dark”.