Mahalia Smith



Writing is really all I want to do and – now that my children are grown up and I work part time – I finally have the time to fully commit to it.

I used to work as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS and my many years’ experience of working in the Mental Health sector informs a lot of what I write. I am fascinated by what makes people tick and I enjoy creating characters that don’t necessarily fit under specific labels.

Being mixed race and having grown up in Tottenham, I depict characters from different racial, cultural and economic backgrounds in order to illustrate real life. Although I touch on some of the situations that my characters face due to their colour, I do not want these situations to define them or for their experiences to become politicised or tick a diversity box. I want readers from all backgrounds to engage and connect with my characters.