Erica is a writer and journalist, mostly for the Guardian. After studying Philosophy at Durham University she went to live in Mexico for two years, where she became fluent in Spanish. She now also speaks Italian and French. Erica was blindsided by the sudden loss of her father-in-law. When the anxiety that followed – which involved a bout of agoraphobia and an intense fear that anyone she wasn't looking at was already dead – her fears were ignored or dismissed as "normal" by those around her, the subject swiftly changed. She became interested in why no one wanted to talk about death directly. This has led to what is probably the opposite of agoraphobia: Erica is travelling the world attending death festivals and writing a book about it. She lives in England with her husband, puppy and three cats.