University of Birmingham, UK
Brianna began her doctoral studies via full-time distance learning in January 2013, submitted in August 2016, and successfully defended her Viva in November 2016. Brianna received her PhD diploma on July 5, 2017. Her PhD is in English Literature and Creative Writing and culminated in both a novel, The Collection, and an analytic dissertation.
Her research focuses on how women are written about by women, why women still are not allowed to be angry, and how to express that anger in fiction about women. She also explores the rift between aging parents and their adult children caused firstly by age difference (Generation Gap), but consequently by differing mores, values, religion, and culture. The additional factor of mental illness is essential in both her novel and critical work, as she addresses the trauma an adult child may still carry with her from her childhood when her parents both suffer from mental illness.
Brianna is currently seeking literary agent representation for The Collection. Please contact her here if you are interested in reading an excerpt.