A graduate who completed her degree despite becoming a mother during the first year of her course is now helping people tell their life stories.

Natasha Collins graduated from Middlesex University, in The Burroughs, Hendon, this year with an MA in media and communications.

The 37-year-old, who lives in Barnet, has now launched LITERARY LIFESTORIES, in which she helps people tell their stories through biographical novels.

She said: “Lots of people have stories to share, but they’re not sure how best to tell them. I interview people and turn their experiences into a unique story, based on their own life experiences, where they appear as the main character.

“At the end of the process, each person has a book they can give to their loved ones. And the mix of remembered dialogue, colourful character description and real-life plot means that the story really come alive in the reader’s mind.”

Mrs Collins was inspired to launch her business after getting support and encouragement from the Middlesex Enterprise Development Hub, which helps student entrepreneurs.

Before attending Middlesex University, Natasha worked as a journalist for several local and specialist papers and spent a year working at Vatican Radio in Rome.