Kirsten Arcadio's writing deskI’ve been writing all my life, but I only started looking at the business seriously in 2011, after the birth of my third and last child instigated thoughts about why I continued to delay long-held ambitions when my life seemed complete in many other areas. What was I waiting for?

The truth is, I’ve always wanted to write novels…ever since I applied to the University of Oxford to read English as a teenager and didn’t get in. My written work impressed them, but not my interview skills (which were – and still are – fairly woeful). I let it defeat me then, but it stayed with me. One day I would fulfil my dream to write.

In the meantime, I travelled a lot within Europe and became fluent in several languages, I met and married my husband and followed a varied career in digital communications. I wrote and edited a lot of content for other people. Then I marketed it for them  – online – sometimes on high traffic sites, the biggest in their respective sectors. Often I thought, why am I doing this for others?

So here I am.

On 14 February 2014 I published my first novel, Borderliners. My second novel, Split Symmetry, is nearly ready for publication and I am busy writing the third, WorldCult.

Posts about writing

How did I get here? To find out more, take a look at all my various thoughts about writing. I’ll be adding more as time goes by.

4 comments on “About writing

  1. Wow! What an intensely motivating piece, Kirsten! It’s almost like one can visually follow your journey toward publication. I’m beyond thrilled that you have made (and you have MADE it), and I hope it’s encouraging to know how much you’re inspiring others to keep on writing, and just get it out there for people to read. I’m sure this is the beginning of a wonderful new journey as a writer, and you are right: Why write for others when you can do it for yourself?

    Great job, and good luck with the rest of the trilogy!

  2. Hi Kirsten,

    I’ve tried one of your tips ‘drinking a lot of wine’ but it doesn’t work. The more wine I drink the worse my writing becomes.

    However, the rest is good advice and I’m trying to hang on to your coat tails.

    Well done,


  3. hi Pat

    Maybe the wine point was more a comment than actual advice!

    I’d agree it’s not a great idea, although I like to write at night so the wine seems a natural accompaniment. I should have mentioned – and maybe I will add this – that music is another element which helps me to write (but not edit).


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