I’m currently working on two novels – the first is being edited, while the second is still being written.
I’m represented by Kerry Glencorse at Susanna Lea Associates for my fiction-writing.
A Minute’s Grace
Harriet is one of the first historians to travel back in time. But will she be tempted to use this new technology illegally to reunite with her sister Matilda, who died five years ago?
Harriet Atwater, a 23-year-old doctoral student in history at Cambridge, joins a secret research project in the fourteenth-century fenland after the head of the project goes missing. As they search for him throughout the flooded landscape and encounter the local villagers, Harriet becomes uneasily aware that this alternative medieval timeline is mirroring the sinister imaginary game that she and her sister created as children. As Harriet starts to wonder if there is a connection between this world and her own past, she becomes increasingly tempted to abandon the project and try to save her sister – especially as she has always blamed herself for Matilda’s death.
The image is of Denny Abbey, in Cambridgeshire. Credit: me.
I worked on this novel during a three-month Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course, which I completed in March 2016. I was one of the six writers selected for a Fiction Feedback event with Ella Diamond Kahn via Spread the Word in June 2016, I was selected for Penguin Random House’s Write Now Live event in February 2017, and shortlisted for Retreat West’s First Chapter Competition in July 2017. I was mentored by Sam Eades at Orion through the WoMentoring Project from 2017 to 2018.
A loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in present-day Antarctica.
After making a serious clinical error, 34-year-old junior doctor Kit Chalmers, who has also recently come out as a lesbian, abruptly flees a promising medical career in the US to become a medic on an Antarctic base. Her estranged father, Gerard, follows her there to try and stage a reconcilation, but comes down with a mysterious illness, and starts rambling about ‘yeti’ that are stalking in the permanent polar night. As Kit strikes out into the wilderness herself, a series of mysterious happenings linked to the frozen lakes at Vostok and Fryxell make her start to wonder if her father has stumbled upon something supernatural. Will Kit work out what’s happening in the farthest south – and will she be able to resolve the personal crisis that’s driven her so far from home?
The image shows Lake Vostok, in Antarctica. Credit: Atlas Obscura. I completed some initial research for this novel at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge in April 2018. A initial outline of the novel was selected as a finalist for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Gulliver Travel Grant in 2019.