Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I’m a doctor. Although that seems very normal to me, everybody on the MA seems to think it is interesting.
When did you start writing?
I’ve always written – journals and poems on paper; stories in my head. But I started writing regularly and productively when I dropped from full-time to part-time work in 2012.
I just love words. I’m a bookworm. Now I see myself as constructing little ‘boxes’ in words – crafted objects I hope people will enjoy.
What’s your novel called?
The novel I wrote at Bath Spa is provisionally called ‘Lifelines’, previously called ‘She’s Nice’. I’m currently working on a memoir based on my father’s life called ‘A First-Class Man’.
Tough question. Sum up your novel in three sentences.
Nick and Jane’s marriage ends when Nick leaves for another woman. After a long recovery, Jane finds tentative happiness again. Years later, Nick’s mother dies and things fall apart for him. He turns to Jane but she rejects him.
Literary fiction/book club
What is your cosmic statement?
Our families of origin cast a long shadow.
What are the themes?
Family; parents-and-children; betrayals
Who is your protagonist?
Main protagonists are Nick and Jane.
Tell us a bit about the setting.
The medical and medical research world in London.
Who/what are you reading right now?
Francis Spufford! Great writer.
What famous authors have a similar style to yours?
Helen Dunmore is an inspiration.
If you were to compare your novel to another[s], what would they be?
Carol Shields Happenstance looks at a marriage from the points of view of each protagonist which is something I am trying to do in ‘Lifelines’.
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