I tell stories from the inside of people’s lives to entertain and intrigue. Influences from art, music, dance and theatre help me create a dramatic world for my readers, inviting them to read on.
My starting point is a woman’s emotional predicatment brought about by a problem or conflict, and it goes from there. Along the way the story gathers momentum around the issues that matter – how we love, what is happening to our planet, how women are placed in their relationships and in society.
I live in Wellington, New Zealand. When I walk the dog, I take photographs of landscapes, clouds and water. It’s fun connecting with the incredible photographers on Instagram. My characters are often artists or people touched by art. They travel and location is important in their stories. The Shark Party, inspired by the work of Damien Hirst, is a story of art and intrigue set in New York and Cape Cod. In my current novel, I go back to my roots in London and the world of classical music. A crime connects the story to Scandinavia and to one of the characters from The Shark Party. It’s exciting to expand my creative world and realise that everything is connected.
I was brought up in Staffordshire, a county full of trees and hidden beauty. I studied literature at King’s College London, and later worked as a development director for The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sadler’s Wells and Somerset House. I work as a consultant helping arts and non-profit organisations get creative about their mission and raise the funds to support it. I’m involved with the creative writing and publishing programmes at Whitireia in Wellington where my publisher Escalator Press is based. It’s inspiring to share the creative journey with other writers and those looking to the future of publishing.
* Photograph of Janet, courtesy of Paige Jarman