Most authors will tell you that writing is something they always wanted to do, and I am no different. But when I was a child, avidly reading any stories I could, I was given to understand that ordinary people didn’t become writers. To be an author, I believed, you had to be someone special, almost like a kind of royalty.
It took me much of my adult life to realise this wasn’t true. I became a print and broadcast journalist, including seventeen years with the BBC in the north-east of England. I still wrote fiction in my spare time, but didn’t have the confidence to show it to anyone.
The turning point came when I started a Creative Writing PhD at Newcastle University, under the supervision of Jackie Kay and the international children’s literature expert Professor Kim Reynolds. The children’s novel I wrote as part of that PhD, The Serpent House, will be published by Curious Fox in June 2014.
My adult suspense novel In Too Deep was published by Legend Press in June 2013 and a second novel in the genre is due out in October 2014. I have won various prizes for short stories. I write under the name of Bea Davenport.
I’m very passionate about teaching creative writing. I’ve taught on a range of modules at Newcastle and Northumbria universities and run my own courses tailored to the needs of groups or individuals. My particular interests include children’s fiction, crime/suspense, creative non-fiction, historical fiction and fantasy. But I have very wide-ranging tastes!
I live by the sea in Berwick upon Tweed, on the border between England and Scotland with my partner and two children.