I was born and grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, leaving to study in London after finishing my A Levels, where I completed a Humanities degree, majoring in Modern History and English Literature. After completing a TEFL course, I travelled Europe for a while and taught English in between doing too much sunbathing on Greek beaches. On returning to the UK I went on to become a Chartered Physiotherapist.
I’ve always loved history and I do seem to possess an unusual ability (sometimes I think the only ability I possess) of retaining historical facts and weaving them into the wider canvas of a story. I won a creative writing competition at 17, although like many late-to-it writers it took me a few years to find both the time and confidence to write – around my 40th birthday. I enrolled myself onto the Open University's Creative Writing course, which I completed with distinction in 2009.
Finally I'd begun to write.
Over the course of the next few years I saw my short stories published, several of which were shortlisted in the Fish Short Story Competition and the Bridport Prize in 2016. I also made the longlist of the Mslexia Novel Competition.
The first novel I completed was a dual timeline historical set in the first half of the 20th century, and by then I was truly hooked on the writing drug. But it wasn't this book that found a publisher, that would be my second novel, a contemporary psychological thriller, Falling Suns, published in 2016 (Headline Accent) and as the other author me,
In 2017 I completed the Faber Novel Writing course in London, where I began writing The Walls We Build,
which I completed in late 2019.
I am currently working on my second novel.
You can find out more about my work as JA Corrigan at jacorrigan.com