Jennifer Pulling is a successful writer in several genres.
‘My father, George, introduced me to M.R. James when I was six. I spent my teenage years reading about life while my peers were out experiencing it.’
Illness constrained her to live vicariously through fictional heroines like Daisy Miller, Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina. These stories of women who defied common sense to pursue a lust for life were her early influences and continue to inform her writing today.
Such a woman is Judith Goldstein, heroine of MONET’S ANGELS, is young, beautiful and reckless, determined to break free and live her bohemian dream. But her presence disturbs long buried memories, sparking a chain of events that have a tragic conclusion.
‘At twenty-two, I was completely recovered, ready to escape my bookish self and ‘live’. In a parallel universe, Italy had always been there, waiting for me.’
This was the ultimate love affair, a deep and abiding passion for a place and she couldn’t keep away. But how to finance this wanderlust? She wrote – and had published – numerous women’s magazine short stories. Her travel articles appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Her plays such as HOMECOMING, which won the Clemence Dane award, resulted from an emotive visit to the Marais district of Paris, scene of Jewish deportation during WW2. She believes travel is a significant key to unlocking the creative process.
Jennifer lives and writes in a Victorian cottage on the south coast. She is also a passionate animal lover and has a special affinity with cats. Moved by the plight of many felines in Sicily, she set up Catsnip and has been involved in the field of cat welfare and neutering for the past seventeen years. The memoir/travelogue of her experiences and perception of the Sicilian landscape and culture THE GREAT SICILIAN CAT RESCUE was published in 2015. IF YOU LOVED ME: A STORY OF LOVE, LOSS AND A CAT CALLED LEONARDO is her latest book.