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I’m deeply passionate about Sierra Leone and her people. In writing My Heart Is Not My Own, set during the country’s civil war, I was interested in exploring how we as individuals respond differently to traumatic events and, even more importantly, how we reconstruct our lives in the aftermath.

I’m privileged to regularly visit Sumbuya, the village that inspired the fictional ‘Lileima’ in My Heart Is Not My Own. My focus is on education and to that end, my family and friends have funded a library, the rebuilding of a school, and several scholarships for the poorest girls and boys in the community. Currently we are providing solar lights and using funds from these to sustainably fund school projects.

Check out my latest blog posts below.