@tabathawoodactive 7 months, 3 weeks ago
I emigrated to Wellington with my husband and two boys in 2017. A former English teacher and school library manager, my first published books were non-fiction guides, aimed at secondary-level teachers and others working in education. I was born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and I have always had a passion for writing strange and unsettling stories, coupled with a deep love for the land and the sea. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ had a big impact on me; the imposing form of Whitby Abbey standing proudly on the headland and glaring down upon the town was a constant reminder of the gothic myth, and a powerful motivator. My family were not great supporters of my terrifying tales, so I turned to writing more ‘wholesome’ material for a while, but that never truly satisfied me. I finally published my first collection of short horror stories – Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange – in 2019. Outside of writing, I educate my two boys at home, run groups and workshops for other women writers, and spend a lot of time swimming in the sea.