‘Sharply observed and extremely funny’ – Hello! magazine
I’m The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Social Media Murder Series, a screenwriter, playwright and presenter. My debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, longlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Page Turner Award 2016. Follow Me has been optioned for TV production. Watch Me the second instalment in the Social Media Murder Series went straight into the UK paperback chart at number 15 in January 2017. Trust Me the third in the Social Media Series published to tens of Amazon five star reviews in June 2017. My memoir Confessions of a Fashionista is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller.
The feature horror screenplay Lure, which I co-wrote with Cal Moriarty won the First Scene Screenplay Festival 2017, placed third in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2017 and is a quarterfinalist in the First Blood Screenwriting Contest. My debut play The Legacy enjoyed a sell-out run to rave reviews at The Hope Theatre, Islington in June 2015. The Daily Mail Online called The Legacy ‘witty, insightful and powerful ★★★★★’. And West End Wilma described it as ‘A fantastic debut ★★★★’.
I guest appeared on CBS Reality’s real life crime series Written in Blood, which aired 24th September 2017 (in the U.K. Spring 2018 in the U.S.). I also appeared on the BBC Ouch’s Edinburgh Festival Stage in Tales of The Misunderstood, and hosted the book show Tales From Your Life on BBC 3 Counties in 2017. During 2015, I hosted and produced the current affairs radio show Outspoken on Radio Verulam. I also feature regularly as a panel guest on BBC 3 Counties, BBC Radio 4, and the BBC World Service, among others. I have given talks and masterclasses for many, including City University’s Crime Writing MA, Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, Camp Bestival, Panic! (in partnership with Create, the Barbican, Goldsmiths University and The Guardian), Meet a Mentor (in partnership with the Royal Society of Arts), Northwich Lit Fest, St Albans Lit Fest, BeaconLit, and the London College of Fashion. My journalist contributions include: The Guardian, Independent Magazine, The Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, and Writing magazine. My satirical column Blonde’s Eye View appeared for a decade in The Wharf newspaper from 2003. (It is the longest running relationship I have in my life, apart from that with my parents). From 2009 to 2012 I wrote the popular anonymous column Confessions of a Fashionista for the Daily Mail Online. Deborah Arthurs, Femail Editor, the Daily Mail Online, says: ‘As an insider Angela gives a rare and fascinating insight into the murky world of the fashion industry.’
I also work as a manuscript reader for The Literary Consultancy, and private clients. In 2015 I was awarded the Young Stationers’ Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing (and then I got very drunk).
Oh, and I have a degenerative connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos III, which does sometimes mess with my mobility. I have five different walking sticks ready for just such occasions. This has only fed my passionate belief we should encourage and support more marginalised voices into the creative industries, to truly reflect our diverse and rather fabulous society. I’m also very honoured to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
You can find me on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook. I’m the one who should be working.
Ten Things About Me
1. I’m a writer. I’ve written a memoir, novels, screenplays and play scripts. Not necessarily in that order.
2. I’m not very good at saying no.
3. I landed my first column after drunkenly lecturing a newspaper editor on his lack of female writers.
4. I’m opinionated. Obvs.
4. I was inspired to write my debut crime novel Follow Me after I was trolled online. Revenge is a dish best served in a publishing deal…
5. I believe chocolate biscuits are a valid choice for breakfast.
6. I’ve written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, Writing Magazine and You Magazine among others.
7. I’m almost always late. Or lost. Or both.
8. I see my physio 2-3 times a week and complete an hours physio a day to help keep me mobile. And I never whinge. Or swear. Or binge watch Midsomer Murders and Murder, She Wrote because ‘I deserve it’. Nope. Nu-uh.
9. I studied Advances in Scriptwriting at RADA, and got freaked out by the people who sing as they walk down corridors.
10. I own enough books to build a double bed out of.
11. I would quite like to do that.
12. Maths was never my strong point.