Well, I became an Historian of the Victorian, mainly because it rhymed. On the whole I always wanted to become a novelist. Or a time traveller, but I don’t have a very good sense of balance, so that was out. Anyway, in a way, being a novelist means you can go anywhere you want, any time or place.
When I was 20 I discovered the Pre-Raphaelites and did not look back. Twenty or so years later I am the author of the one and only biography of Pre-Raphaelite muse, Fanny Cornforth and a novel about the life of Alexa Wilding. I am currently working on my second novel, entitled We Are Villains All, about a poet, a photographer and a girl dressed up as a fox.
My posts on The Kissed Mouth are a way of exploring all manner of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian subjects in though-provoking and humorous ways. I always find that I remember things if they make me laugh and I hope I apply that to what I talk about here.
If you are the sort of person who worries about credentials, then rest assured I have done some book-reading in my time. I have a masters in Victorian art and poetry and my thesis was on Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites. I have published numerous articles and spoken at conferences on a range of subjects from Pre-Raphaelite ideals of beauty to Thomas Hardy and cinema. In all my presentations I endeavour to show as much nudity as humanly possible, mainly, but not exclusively in my powerpoint presentations.