Jan Marsh lives by the sea in Nelson.
I have always written fiction, alongside my other life as a clinical psychologist (now retired) and a mother to my now adult children. In 2003 I left full-time work to start up my own psychology practice and create some serious writing time. Over the next few years, I completed a novel, Butterfly Soup, and Harnessing Hope, a self-help book for depression sufferers. My short stories have had some success in competitions and been included in anthologies.
I have a strong belief in the human need for stories to help us make sense of our lives and the world. Stories develop our empathy and allow us to construct events and try them out in imagination. I write because I value this process – and because it is great fun.
My other passion in life is swimming, which I came to only in my late 50s and which brings me challenge, moments of great peace and amazing benefits to my health and well-being. I am grateful to have opportunities to swim in the sea and our excellent local pools.
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