was born in Portugal and lived there until I
was 24 years of age. At that point, I decided
that having studied foreign languages and literature
for my Masterís Degree, I should put its foreign
part to work, so packed my bags and went to
Germany. Initially, to stay only for six months
as an au-pair and improve my German knowledge
but actually ended up staying for ten years.
Whilst there, I went on to do my teaching qualification
and became a teacher of languages and history
but also worked as a lecturer, a translator
and a television presenter.
One summer, I went to spend
a holiday in the Algarve with my family and
there met a nice Englishman who eventually
was guilty of bringing me to his country.
Once in the UK, I first worked as a teacher
but suddenly decided I had had enough of unruly
teenagers and simply quit. I then got a job
at American Express in Brighton and that is
where I still work.
Classical music in general
and opera in particular were always part of
my interests; my father taught me to love
them from a very tender age but I never had
any formal training until recently when I
decided to study music and piano. My greatest
passion however is writing, which I have been
doing uninterruptedly since I was a child.
I write novels, short stories and poetry and
one fine day woke up and thought that it would
be fun to combine my love for music with my
love for writing. That is how I started doing
reviews. Several of my reviews, some poems
and one novel have been published. I continue
to write reviews of books, concerts and opera,
and lately also classical music CDs and DVDs.
I have done the occasional interview and of
course have never stopped writing fiction.
This work that I view as pleasure and entertainment
and not work, is done parallel with my job,
which at the moment is what really pays the
To finalise, I just would like to add that although
the above are my main interests and passions, I also love to travel
and I like flying, which meant that a couple of years ago I started
having helicopter lessons.
Margarida's website is http://www.flowingprose.com/