I've been working as a professional author and editor for twelve years. I am passionate about good writing and I love helping writers find the best way to tell their story. As well as writing and editing, I also work as a writing tutor and mentor, helping aspiring authors find that all-elusive publishing deal. I have a particular interest in helping authors write synopses and blurbs as I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to get these right.
I'm an author so I understand what it feels like to get feedback on your work. I also know the value a good editor brings. I would never consider publishing a novel without the help of a good editor; neither should you.
Services I offer include proof-reading, copy editing, structural edits and help with submissions to agents and publishers. I work with established and first-time authors across different genres.
As a crime fiction writer (and reviewer), I am particularly attuned to the crime fiction market. I understand what makes a good crime novel, the clichés you should avoid, the different sub-genres within crime fiction, and the sorts of books that sell well in today's market.
I'm a writer who loves writing and helping other writers achieve their dreams.
Crime fiction writer
I regularly run fiction writing workshops for groups of aspiring authors in and around south-east England.
'a tour de force... Imagine a collaboration between Ann Tyler and AM Homes' Ken BruenLee, southeast London. A young girl has disappeared. There are no witnesses, no leads, no clues. The police are tracking a shadow, and time is running out …DI Ellen Kelly is at the top of her game – at least she was, until she took the law into her own hands and confronted her husband’s killer. Now she’s back ... read more
Charlotte Gleeson is living the life she always dreamed of, but it's nothing like she imagined. Her daughter hates her, her husband is having an affair, her drinking is out of control. And now she’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation … For DI Ellen Kelly, this is her first big investigation in eight months – since she let a serial killer get away. There’s an awful lot riding on a good... read more
DI Ellen Kelly is struggling through some difficult changes in her life. Her boss has left, replaced by a more unpredictable DCI. Her career seems to be stalling – again. And her feelings for Jim O’Dwyer feel like they’re spiralling out of her normally tight control.Distraction can be very dangerous.Someone is out there, stalking the weak, bringing misery and fear, and it’s Ellen’s job to stop... read more
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Copy editor for Penguin Random House for 17 years, experience with bestselling authors of women's fiction, romance, mystery/thrillers.
Editor with over a decade's experience working with best-selling authors at Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins . I'd love to hear from you.