Thank you for visiting my website! I am a psychologist, health scientist, and a writer.
In my day job, I do research on the brain-gut connections, teach health psychology, and sit on various committees. I support patient organisations, help psychology doctoral students on their research journey, contribute to medical guidelines for the management of chronic gastrointestinal conditions, and organise psychology conferences. I write a lot – you can find the full list of my scientific publications here. And, I read a lot – I peer-review at least fifty research papers and grant applications by other researchers from around the world each year. I am really busy in my day job, and busy for a reason – I want to make the world a better place. Well, and I like my job, so you may call me an idealistic workaholic.
Free time – what I read
In my free time, which I need to conjure now and then as I don’t seem to have any, I read and write some more.
I read contemporary and classic authors. I love anything by Ann Patchett, Robin Hobb, and David Lodge. Jane Austen is my all time favourite – I’ve read Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility at least fifty times each, in English, French and Polish (English version is still the best). But I’ve had many literary loves: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Agatha Christie, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, Christos Tsiolkas, Kate Morton, Orson Scott Card, Andrzej Sapkowski, Imre Kertesz, in no particular order. When I feel miserable and need some reassurance that all will be good, I reach for The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery or any of the children’s books by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Free time – what I write
I write short stories, fairy tales, and I’ve written a few novels which, I can assure you, will never see daylight, and one novel which I hope will be published one day. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been imagining the alternative scenarios to what I noticed around me. In my childhood, my parents and grandparents read to me each evening, and my father created fairy tales and poems for me, my siblings, and our cousins, which he sadly never recorded. These were rarely repeated but, since he liked creating the series of stories, when we wanted to hear about our favourite character he came up with yet another installment.
I started my adventure as a published creative writer in my early twenties when my short stories and poems for children were published by Poradnik Rodzicow, a Polish periodical for new parents. I stopped writing for them when I commenced my doctorate – there was no more time for frivolities, and since then my main writing activity are research papers.
A few years ago, when English became my everyday language, I decided to switch from Polish to English in my creative writing. It was and still is a challenge, as anyone seeking proficiency in another language might attest, but thanks to many writer-friends who I have met through various writing groups in England and Australia, I am improving.
My short stories in English are finally getting published by English and Australian writing magazines and sites, and thus I’ve created the present website to share my writing journey with those around me who enjoy creative writing and want to know where I’m up to with various projects. Stay tuned!