My Name is Monster (Canongate, June 2019)

After primarily considering myself a poet for over half a decade, and feeling as though fiction was somehow ‘off limits’ because of this, I finally plucked up the courage to start writing a novel towards the end of 2016. This novel became the first draft of My Name is Monster.

Set against a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland, My Name is Monster is a literary novel about what it means to be a woman in a world where there are no men. Struggling for survival, a woman grapples to assert herself over a feral child, who dreams of creating a new society with herself in charge.

In early 2017, My Name is Monster was selected as one of 12 manuscripts to be mentored by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme. I subsequently spend a hugely insightful year working with editor Tom Avery (at William Heinemann) on redrafting the novel. In 2018, My Name is Monster was bought at auction by Canongate. It is due to be published in hardback and e-book in June 2019.

The Bookseller: ‘Canongate wins auction for Monster debut’ – September 2018

My fiction is represented by Lucy Luck at Conville + Walsh.

Editing the novel
Editing the novel