The formal blurb about me is this…
A highly experienced, well-regarded international editor and features writer, I focus on the arts, culture, travel, real life and exploring the people behind a story. A key aspect of my work is attention to detail, strong research, and a collaborative approach.
I worked as Sub Editor for a series of arts and culture magazines; was Editor of Destination Dubai, a biannual lifestyle guidebook designed for the luxury leisure market, collaborating with the publisher on content and the commissioning of writers, photographers and illustrators, as well as managing the publication’s social media; was Deputy Editor for the launch issue of Good Housekeeping Middle East; freelanced for Grazia; wrote and edited The Soul of Dubai – a guidebook focusing on culture, food and history, and was commissioned by Frommers and Gallimard Loisirs to write travel guides about the UAE.
I am also an experienced HR professional, and at Mind in Mid Herts (a regional branch of Mind) I project-led the Mind Quality Mark assessment (successfully gaining the award), wrote governance policies and was responsible for recruitment and welfare of staff. I also facilitated Creative Writing courses for service users.
I am the author of View From a Broad firstname.lastname@example.org a blog about life as an expat, I freelance for Waitrose Weekend and am working on the edits of my first novel, She, Herself & I.
I am available for freelance writing and editing work and can be contacted at email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
The informal All About ME version is this…
Originally from London, I backpacked for a year round India before studying French and Spanish at university. I worked for PGL chaperoning groups of 16-18 year olds to France on adventure holidays, but a proficiency in whitewater kayaking didn’t earn me enough to live on so I headed back to London to work variously as a management trainer, with the homeless community and as a French teacher.
I returned to college to study Art & Design, was told I’d be suited to curating, and somehow ended up in the conservation department of the National Museum of Bahrain in 2006, where I restored 5000 year old pots. After a respectable amount of time I escaped onto archaeological digs for a year before finding work on a glossy magazine as a features writer.
I moved to Dubai in 2009 and after freelancing for Grazia and a stint at Good Housekeeping Magazine as deputy editor, decided to write my first novel – She, Herself & I. Upon completion I co-wrote The Unofficial Guide: Dubai for Frommers and contributed to a new travel guide for Gallimard Loisirs. I then worked as a features writer and sub editor for Brownbook Magazine which addresses urban issues, the arts and culture in the Middle East. I was editor of a biannual guidebook called Destination Dubai and then in 2013 came back to London for a year of breast cancer treatment . After subbing for Alef Magazine, which focuses on cultural topics indigenous to the Gulf region, a desire to ‘give back’ saw me running Creative Writing courses for service users, then moving into an HR role at mental health charity Mind in Mid Herts.
I have recently returned full time to writing, freelancing for Waitrose Weekend, working on the rewrites of She, Herself & I and penning View From A Broad a blog about the sometimes incongruous life of an expat, which can be found (with lots of earlier posts) here: https://daniellesimpson.wordpress.com/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/ViewFromABroad1/
I have a passion for a good story, dark humour and what makes people tick. I am naturally inquisitive and am particularly interested in psychology, travel, mental health issues, and relationships: all themes I bring to my novel and my blog.
I am available for freelance writing and editing work and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see a selection of my work click the My Work tab above.