Writing fiction has inspired me ever since I was asked to write a story about ‘an amazing journey’ in my year 3 English lessons. I took it up seriously in 2010 when I began my first novel, A Column of Smoke. It is now available on Amazon, published by Brambleby Books.

I am now researching and writing my second novel, exploring whether anyone should be considered innocent of a crime they committed if their actions were caused by a medical condition (in this case a brain tumour).

There are some samples of my writing below, and please get in touch if you would like to read more. I dabble in poetry, mainly to entertain my friends, and have had a poem published in Prospect magazine.

Science is a theme in many of my stories, and I’m interested in the portrayal of scientists in fiction.

Short stories:

Twenty-first century confessionals

The online forum ‘My life is a lie’ attracts some unusual participants.

Mackerel (listen on Soundcloud)

Now the circle line is no longer a circle, a young tube-enthusiast finds a new challenge.

A night in Trump Tower

All is not as it seems when a pharmaceutical scientist takes her first visit to China.

Let the dog decide

A disgruntled ecologist leaves some life choices to a book-loving labrador.

The Stressosome From the Diamond Light Source anthology ‘Light Reading’

Following his parents’ death, a father tries to persuade his sister to take up her responsibilities as an aunt.

A scientist’s guide to Tinder (listen on Soundcloud)

Science chat-up lines have an un-expected affect (flash fiction).

The discovery of insulin

From The League of Imaginary Cats, a series of short stories on the history of science.

Flying ant day

A newly wed chooses flying ant day to tell her mother-in-law about her plans for emigration.

Paradise is purple

An uncooperative epilepsy patient asks some difficult questions.

The man I loved

Residents of a care home prove an ideal group to share a secret with.

The family sceptic

A climate scientist is in for a surprise when she receives an award from her university.

by Rebecca Nesbit