My passion has always been writing and I am unable to imagine a day without putting the laptop through its paces. As a young boy I remember hiding in the wings of my father’s theatre in Harrogate, staring in awe at the actors rehearsing for a show that he had written. Irrefutably, a tiny slice of his magic, thankfully, rubbed off on me and became the catalyst for my storytelling.
Over the years I have gone on to produce over two hundred short stories, three novels and I am in the process of writing another one. Four of these stories were recorded in 1997 on the Shirley Ludford Show for broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire Sound. More recently I have become a regular contributor to a small Dorset magazine group. My interests include horology and being grandfather to four colourful characters who continually test my mind and bank account!
I have been nominated for The People’s Book Prize 2019 for my novel ‘Shadow with Nowhere to Fall’. The patrons are Frederick Forsyth CBE and Founding Patron: Dame Beryl Bainbridge. 2019 was a busy year for me with two BBC Radio interviews and as a guest on the American Radio Authors Show.
Finally, as many authors will confirm, it is a long and bumpy path getting published. If I had my time again, would I choose writing as my first love? You bet I would!