About You

Do you want to write your own stories?

Maybe you’ve already started but stalled along the way.

This page is for you if you’re an expat or slow traveller. You’re looking for a way to process your experiences or use them as creative inspiration.

You want to:

  • start writing stories and creative pieces

  • explore another side of yourself

  • delve into new worlds and experiences

  • capture moments and observations

  • share what you discover with others

  • feel good about what you produce

Does this sound like you?

About Me

Hi, I’m Linda Alley.

I’m passionate about helping people push through their fears so they can start writing creatively.

I began teaching nine years ago and have delivered writing classes in schools, businesses and universities. I write across multiple genres, but I’m especially drawn to stories that combine strong character growth with plenty of adventure, mystery and suspense. My short fiction has been published in anthologies such as The Rangitawa Collection and Everyone Has A Story.

I absolutely love travelling and have always been curious about other cultures. This led to a career working with English language learners and the opportunity to live in four different countries.

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I’m originally a Kiwi (aka New Zealander), so I love being close to nature.

My favourite outdoor activities are camping and bushwalking. But I’m not into bungee jumping or leaping out of aeroplanes. I prefer to be adventurous in my writing instead!

My other homes were England and Spain. These days I’m based in Melbourne, Australia.

Growing up, my favourite book was Peter Pan. I’m also a fan of John Marsden, J R R Tolkien, Kate Morton, C J Sansom, Diana Gabaldon, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Katherine Mansfield and Jane Austen (among dozens of others!)

No Fear In Writing

I started No Fear In Writing because I know what it’s like to be paralysed by imposter syndrome. I learnt how to get unstuck, and I know you can too.

Writing creatively is like making your way through a labyrinth. Dead ends don’t have to be permanent. And there’s always a different path you can take.

I believe we the best way to conquer self-doubt and make progress is to remind ourselves why we stepped into this crazy maze to begin with.

We write for the same reason we travel.

We write to:

  • embark on incredible adventures.

  • explore hidden places.

  • find fascinating people.

  • discover astonishing things.

But most importantly, we write to have fun.

Other Facts About Me:

  • I’m married to an Ecuadorian man, so at home we speak English, Spanish (and Spanglish!)

  • Before I was a teacher, I worked in the heritage industry, organising stakeholder visits to castles and other historical sites. I still love anything to do with history and museums.

  • When I was a kid, I made it my mission to collect as many Enid Blyton books as I could. I made it to about 100. Considering she wrote over 600 books, I thought this was a pretty good effort!

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