I am a writer and am currently in the process of submitting my YA fantasy novel BELLADONNA to literary agents. I'm also researching and planning my next YA novel, which takes its inspiration from Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and Sarah Waters's neo-Victorian novels.
I'm in the third year of my DPhil in English at the University of Oxford, working on a dissertation on masculinity in the Brontës' works, including their early writings. This year I am teaching Oxford's Department of Continuing Education online course on the Brontës. I'm also teaching Victorian literature to visiting students at Mansfield College and, next term, supervising two undergraduate special topic papers.
I'm a peer-reviewer and copy-editor for the AHRC-funded online postgraduate journal Victorian Network. Recently, I served on the English graduate committee, the English graduate setudent conference comittee, and acted as a Student Ambassador for the Great Writers Inspire project, an open educational resource (OER) funded by JISC.
I'm originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, where I completed my B.A. Honours (2008) and M.A. (2010) in English at the University of Saskatchewan. During a year away from school, I worked as a clerical assistant in the University Library.
My vices are books and wine.
I love libraries, coffee shops, book shops, cathedrals, and travelling by train.
My favourite bookstores are McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and the original Oxford Blackwell's.
I also like cycling, hiking, ballroom and swing dancing, and squash.