I also head up a development agency which works with communities living in poverty in Africa, India and Latin America to identify priority needs and increase opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. We do this through skills training, capacity building, formal education and advocacy. I feel very privileged to do the work that I do, and through it have the opportunity to meet and work with many inspiring people and communities around the world.
When not working or writing, I love travel and to get out and about in nature. The themes of my books are influenced by the natural world and by animals in particular – whales, birds and dolphins so far! I believe that much can be learned by observing wild animals in their natural environment, and by paying attention to the lessons they can teach us. As a result, there are many parallels between the natural world and the inner worlds of the characters in my novels.
Wildlife photography is one of my passions and my first novel, Look into the Eye was influenced by a particularly magical trip photographing orcas underwater in the Arctic waters of Norway in 2007. The experience also led to my ongoing involvement as a campaigner and advocate for an end to whaling and the captivity of dolphin and whales.
Music is another great passion and I have to admit to shamelessly indulging my love of music and singing in The Songbird’s Way. I’m hoping, that if you listen very carefully, that you might even be able to hear, as well as read, this book! It was wonderful also to be able to explore my Anglo-Irish background and to dip into my experiences of working in Africa for the story – I do hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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