Novelist, poet, scholar

Hello!  Welcome to my website. Here you can find:

Who am I?  I’m a writer, first and foremost. US born and UK raised. My debut novel The Marlowe Papers (2012) won the Desmond Elliott Prize, jointly won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.  My second novel Devotion (2015) was shortlisted for the Encore Award. If you’re a student, or a teacher, you might have seen one or two of my poems on the ‘A’ Level syllabus or on GCSE past papers. Here’s a good analysis of one of them.

Maybe you’ve read my widely-read post Authors and Truth About Money, or the follow-up piece on the Guardian Books Blog about why I won’t self-publish my novels (TL;DR – I believe literary fiction needs to be traditionally published to gain traction; self-publishing will only make you money if you’re a genre writer who has deep pockets and is very good at marketing).

I’ve been a lecturer in the English and Comparative Literature Department of Goldsmiths, University of London, since 2013. (Before that I taught at the University of Sussex). Mostly I teach creative writing, but I also teach on the English Literature BA: this year, on the core undergraduate poetry course. I have an abiding interest in Early Modern literary biography (focused on Christopher Marlowe and his social circle) and in the Shakespeare authorship question.

I learnt to code as a teenager and before the turn of the century I worked in IT as an analyst-programmer. I can still code in HTML (old hat now) and enjoy putting websites together (WordPress mostly; cheating, I know). I’m fairly active on Facebook but prefer Twitter.

I’m not blogging very much at the moment, because I’m writing my third novel. If you would like to find out more about that via regular updates, and support me in that venture, please do.