Who, what, and why?
Words have been a large part of my life since childhood. I still remember writing short stories on a side of A5 paper between classes and making comics at the lounge table with a trusty box of colouring pens at my side.
However, my desire to delve into their inner workings was sparked when I took my first literature and linguistics classes. Learning how a simple change in word order, sentence length, or vocabulary could produce completely different effects intrigued me; and I wanted to experiment with them myself. Then again, I've always had a fascination with the how and why: insisting on picking things apart, strand by strand, until I had a full picture of the way those parts worked in tandem.
Since then, I’ve honed my focus: studying medieval literature, linguistic psychology, and Old Norse history and culture at Nottingham University. I had my first taste of the proofreading and editing life there, being approached by fellow students to check over, and offer suggestions, on their essays and projects. I also got a firm grasp on vital pieces of the editors' arsenal while reviewing fiction pieces during the Creative Writing Society’s charmingly named “Coffeeshop Critiques” sessions.
I’ve now filled out my metaphorical toolbox with the College of Media and Publishing's certified course, and started my own small business during the first UK lockdown in 2020.
An aspiring historical fiction author: I’m currently drafting a novel set in Japan in the 1500s.
An avid traveller, with planes, international dramas, and the pages of books being my favourite ways to explore.
Teaching myself Norwegian.
A self-confessed lover of all things Scandinavian (but please don’t ask me what happens after Season 2 of Vikings!).