Freelance writer and Latvian-English literary translator

Punching Air – a Novel in the Making

This year, I’ve decided to pick up the draft of my novel Punching Air again.

Set in Reading, it’s a coming-of-age story about two teenagers Dale and JJ who both struggle to survive their dysfunctional family environment while trying to fit in with the cool kids at college.

I started writing the novel while studying towards my MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Jobs and various other responsibilities side-tracked me for a while, but nonetheless, last year I finished the first draft.

A draft often needs some air and sunshine before it can be developed further but Punching Air has been aired enough. This summer will be all about editing, editing, editing…

For inspiration, I’m revisiting the trailer I made for the novel (when it was still called Seventeen), partnering up with my awesome course mate Dylan Spicer.

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