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I was born within sight and sound, and just a few minutes' walk, from the seashore up along the coast from Liverpool. Although during my early childhood I grew up in a built-up part of town where there weren't trees or grass, and everyone lived in long streets of houses with backyards not gardens, we were very fortunate in always being within reach of the shore. Days' out and school holidays were spent down amongst the sand dunes or paddling in the tide.
Sea and shore are constantly changing; colours, sounds, shapes, scents. The seashore drew and fascinated me as a child, it does still. And for as long as I can remember, I've loved to read books and don't recall a time when I didn't want to be a writer!
The seashore never fails to inspire my writing - Anything, everything, seems within reach when you're there - Of course, once you get back to real life and face that big blank sheet of paper, and begin making excuses to yourself why you should have another cup of tea before putting pen to paper (I still enjoy writing the First Draft of my books with pen and ink!) and getting down to work, the roar of the waves and tang of the saltspray do seem rather a long way off!
Nevertheless, the magical quality of the seashore endures. It's always there. And so is the exhilaration, quietude and inspiration I draw from it. Sea and shore frequently find their way into my stories, and their wild beauty is as much a part of my writing as I am -- Hence the atmospheric photo on this page! (courtesy of photoeverywhere.co.uk)