Neve is an indie writer who was born and raised in South Yorkshire, England. She likes to travel and hopes to have travelled the globe before she leaves this world. When Neve’s not writing, reading, or fixing things, she likes to take photographs, bake biscuits, and play guitar – she says it’s soothing, or cathartic when ‘rockin’ out.’
With a background in tourism and hospitality, Neve’s had a varied worklife and lived in more places than she’s had birthdays (spread across half a dozen countries). Exploiting the phrase ‘variety is the spice of life’, she’s done everything from take kids kayaking, adults test diving, picture framing, dog walking, and running pubs and clubs. Having worked for a handful of small newspapers doing grunt work, though unfulfilling, it gave her a push to go freelance; she learnt how to design websites, but her freelance work is mainly writing copy for websites. Naturally, she’d rather write books full time, or write articles for non-profits to raise awareness about various topics close to her heart.
“Side-stepping from writing web content to fiction was long overdue, but I’ve done it the hard way.”
Satisfied with her life experience quota and determined to write and publish a book (others remain drafts), Neve wrote the first 50’000 words of A Dangling Fish while she lived in a tent. The entire first draft, over 100’000 words, was written in pencil. The rest of the novel was completed using solar power, a mere 80w panel, a 12-year-old laptop, on a mountain top in Spain. It’s as eco friendly as you can get.
For many writers, the beginnings of writing a novel are times filled with apprehension, excitement and, narcissists aside, a journey (into the unknown) filled with self doubt, loathing, many calls for resolve and caffeine. Remove running water, power (yes, that’ll be electricity, including light), add a leaking roof, blocked chimney (frequently swept using a tent pole with a pine branch shoved in the end), curious neighbours (noses to the window on occasion), though, the only company on a mountain top location, equals, for anyone acclimatised to modern living, (possibly) an added challenge to a writer. However, A Dangling Fish was (eventually) finished . For more, read this Q&A.