Jen Faulkner has never been afraid to tell it how it is, and so writing was the perfect choice of career. After fifteen years as a primary school teacher she finally bit the bullet and completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she was fortunate to be tutored by Fay Weldon and was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbitt prize for the best manuscript submission. She blogs at instinctivemum.com and for the Huffington post, something she initially started when suffering with post-natal depression to help her deal with life as a mum of three children, two of whom have a rare genetic condition that has given her an unexpected interest in genome sequencing. Jen runs creative writing classes at a local charity for mums with post-natal depression and has published a children’s book called ‘A Monster Ate My Mum,’ which is now used by the Royal College of General Practitioners and several charities as a tool to help unwell mothers, as well as being placed in many mother and baby units. When she is not writing she can usually be found in the kitchen, often with cake.