How long have you been working at Honno?
For just over a decade. I started as a volunteer, while finishing my MA in Creative Writing and eventually became the permanent Marketing Manager.
What did you do before you worked at Honno?
Immediately prior I was doing my MA in Creative Writing. Before that I was an online editor for a human rights organisation, OneWorld.net, amongst many other varied jobs and involvement in environmental and social justice activism.
What is the most important part of your job?
I was discussing this with some of the Honno authors recently, and concluded that it essentially comes down to relationships – with the authors, our distributors, the press, and our readers and supporters.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The people I work with. It is a real privilege to work with such interesting, intelligent and passionate women – our authors, the Honno staff and committee are all so engaged in their work, whether writing wonderful fiction, researching the great Welsh women writers of the past, or making sure that the books we produce are of the highest quality we can manage.
Tell me about the difficult aspects of your job?
The behemoth that is the publishing industry! It can be a lumbering beast at times.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I hang out with my family. I like to cycle or go for long walks, garden, read and spend far too much time on the internet reading about politics. (Not sure I should admit to this but I do also love to play computer games…)
What do you like to read?
Science fiction was my first and longest love. I also enjoy crime and contemporary fiction mainly but I will give anything a try. A friend I catch the same bus to work with has suggested that we have a ‘bus book club’ so we are currently looking for a good book for that – any recommendations?