So in my road to being an actual-writer, I’ve had two epiphany moments to help me along the way and so I thought I’d share them with you.
1. Forensic Linguistics
I’ve always been a crime reader. That’s probably partly why I ended up doing a law degree. But then I loved language too and when I started teaching I was lucky enough to be put to teaching A-Level English Language. I’m trip-happy at school and am always looking for the next extra-curricular learning opportunity and so we took a group of A-Level students to London to attend the English and Media Centre’s English Language Conference. Presenting there was Dr Tim Grant, a professor at Aston University, who specialises in Forensic Linguistics and it was a halleluia moment – here was language and law all in one neat little package. I was sold, an interest was born and my main character, a Forensic Linguistics Professor inserted herself into my head.
2. University of East Anglia and Crime Fiction
So I was sold on Forensic Linguistics and also knew that I wanted to further my studies in some way or another. At the time, Aston University offered a distance learning MA in Forensic Linguistics and I was intending on applying to that but before I had chance it disappeared from their offerings. Then just by chance I saw that the University of East Anglia (amazing university for creative writing) were offering a Masters in Creative Writing (Crime) Fiction on a part-time basis. Halleluia again!
And so here I am. Writing a novel for a Masters with a Forensic Linguistics focus. How brilliant is that?!
Have you had any epiphany moments? Let me know in the comments.