Thanks for taking a look at my profile. Here some bits and pieces about me...
History - Grew up in the Midlands, went to Exeter and then Birmingham for uni. Ended up going to Greece to avoid having a proper job and then Spain. I've been in London for eight years now and after moving about a LOT I've found work/lifestyle that seems to suit, although I'm always up for new experiences (I fancy trying yoga and visiting the black forest...).
Writing - I do it for a living. I've got two books out so far and more should be finished soon(ish), and I tend to lean towards more gothic, darkly humorous stuff. It can be a lot of fun and it was a great feeling seeing my books on the shelves of Waterstones for the first time. I also recently went back into normal work doing writing for different organisations as I didn't like working from home much. It's great having colleagues again!!
Learning stuff - I'm a bit of a learning nut and really enjoy absorbing new information and ideas. I've studied a fair bit too and ended up with two masters degrees in Egyptology and Global Politics. They were interesting but I think I need a break from academia for a while! However, I am tempted to learn French...
Teaching - I travel around the country teaching creative writing in schools. It's great fun and pretty surreal, and I get to talk about zombie islands, spaceship cannibalism and rampaging hydras for a living so I've got no complaints.
Problem solving - utterly addicted. Seriously. I think I write stories just to give myself new problems to solve! It can potentially bug people though and I should probably never go into politics!
Music - Currently listening to a lot of Wolf Parade, Nick Cave, The Deep Dark Woods and Springsteen. I enjoy gigs too.
Films - I LOVE watching a good film! Saw Boyhood, the Secrets in their Eyes and The Great Beauty recently - all fantastic!
Butterfly houses - absolutely love them and I want one in my garden, I need a garden first though.