Hi, I’m Scar.
I read and write books. I review most of the ones I read on here. The ones I write are about digital forensics: Windows Forensics Cookbook came out in 2017, and I’m currently working on First Steps In Digital Forensics, a guide for people who want to get into the industry.
For seven years I was a private investigator specialising in computer crime investigation. My specific areas of interest were child protection and counter terror, although I worked on other cases too.
Since 2007 I have been part of a psychology of religion research team, looking at the motivations and experiences of different groups of people in sacred spaces. You can find out more about that on academia.edu.
Alongside my other jobs I have been a freelance writer, proofreader and translator since 2001, and in 2013 I set up Bohemiacademia, a collective of freelance wordsmiths. Recently I have also started taking on sensitivity reading projects for authors whose books feature Romani characters, as well as modifying Americanisms to make books suitable for a UK audience.
I speak at schools, colleges and universities on subjects such as working in digital forensics; setting up your own business; being a freelancer; and being a woman in tech.
My childhood was as eclectic as my adulthood is turning out to be.
I spent the first few years of my life living in tents and caravans, and then my mother joined a cult. We left the Romany community and moved into a Scottish council estate in an area the police often refused to visit.
When I was seventeen I left behind my mother’s religion and everything I’d known, and moved to London on my own to start a new life. Despite having left the city several times since then, I always end up back in West London and that is where I now live and work, from my home office.
If I’m not working it’s usually because I’m reading, renovating my flat, writing poetry, volunteering on the phones at Childline, singing soprano in my local choir, writing and performing songs, watching Star Trek, drinking wine, swimming, or wandering around the city or countryside depending on the day. Sometimes I also sleep.
Drop me a line if you’d like to hire me for something, or if you just want to ask me questions about freelance life, or working in digital forensics, or running your own business, or anything else.