About Andrea

I’m a freelance writer, publishing travel articles and features. I also write short fiction and novels for adults, young adults and children. I’ve been a registered psychologist for 20 years, and my past careers have included clinical psychology, organisational psychology, and management. I’m interested in the interactions between people and places, particularly how the natural environment supports the health of individuals and communities, and the importance of caring for our environment. I’m also interested in the ways people use writing to better understand their own thoughts and feelings, and to connect with others.

placeofsafety is a site for creative writers with a particular interest in the interactions between people and places. Natural places, like beaches, forests and rivers, are special to me, but I’m also interested in how writers value and celebrate their neighbourhoods, towns, cities and nations; particular rooms, buildings or houses; and “internal places”.

I hope others will use this blog as a forum to discuss aspects of creative writing that relate to self and place. In your comments, feel free to share links, ideas and excerpts (within copyright conditions!) Hopefully it goes without saying, but as this site is a “place of safety” please be positive and respectful of others in all posts and comments. I’m looking forward to some great cross-pollinations.


3 Responses to About Andrea

  1. Helena Pastor says:

    Dear Andrea,
    I like the look of your blog already. Going to become a follower, and also recommend your site to someone at UNE who has interests along similar lines. Did you know I sing too? Great stress reliever.

  2. Helena says:

    Hello Andrea, looking good! Any chance you may make both placeofsafety and FictionCraft available to follow by RSS feed? I’ve been trying to get read-and-enjoy items out of my inbox…

    • Hi Helena, Sure – I’d like to be as helpful as possible, especially to my first-ever follower 🙂 Only problem is, your question about RSS feeds catapaulted me into a realm of disturbing personal ignorance. I thought the RSS feed was something that happened automatically. Cruising around WordPress Support for half an hour has possibly only left me more confused 🙂 I’ve moved something called “RSS widget” into the sidebar on my front page – can you please let me know whether this has achieved what you need, or am I muddling about in my prehistoric kingdom missing the vital point? Thanks! Andrea

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