was born in Portugal and lived there until I was 24 years of age. At that
point, I decided that having studied foreign languages and literature
for my Master’s Degree, I should put its foreign part to work, so
packed my bags and went to Germany. Initially, to stay only for six months
as an au-pair and improve my German knowledge but actually ended up staying
for ten years. Whilst there, I went on to do my teaching qualification
and became a teacher of languages and history but also worked as a lecturer,
a translator and a television presenter.
One summer, I went to spend a holiday in the Algarve with my family and
there met a nice Englishman who eventually was guilty of bringing me to
his country. Once in the UK, I first worked as a teacher but eventually
decided I had had enough of unruly teenagers and simply quit. I then got
a job at American Express in Brighton where I worked for 24 years in parallel
with my creative writing.
Classical music in general and opera in particular were always part
of my interests; my father taught me to love them from a very tender
age but I never had any formal training until recently when I decided
to study music and piano. My greatest passion however is writing, which
I have been doing uninterruptedly since I was a child. I write novels,
short stories and poetry and one fine day woke up and thought that it
would be fun to combine my love for music with my love for writing.
That is how I started doing reviews. Several of my reviews, some poems
and seven novels have been published. I continue to write reviews of
books, concerts and opera, and lately also classical music CDs and DVDs.
I have done the occasional interview and of course have never stopped
writing fiction. I have two more novels in preparation for publishing.
To finalise, I just would like to add that although the above are my
main interests and passions, I also love to travel and I like flying,
which meant that a few years ago I had helicopter lessons.
Margarida's website is