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When he was ten, John Priest loved one school lesson more than any other. English Composition. He found it easy to imagine and write down his stories for others to enjoy. He had a great passion for writing even in those early days. He loved his local Library and would often go after school, reading Doctor Seuss and The Famous Five. From teens to twenties, he read George G. Gilman’s Edge and James Herbert's horror novels
Following a serious injury, John had to give up the house he and his wife had enjoyed. Together with their two young daughters, they moved in with his wife's family. John went to an auction room and bought an ancient typewriter. He paid for a writing correspondence course and began writing children's stories.
Twelve years on, John thought the only way to open a publisher's door would be to throw the old typewriter at it.
The rejection letters became friendlier and John was published by a UK educational publisher. Three other books followed which were sold around the world.
The years following were a mixture of 'proper' jobs. John submitted stories and received rejections. He signed with an agent who convicted of fraud. By that time, many years had disappeared.
His daughters married and have children of their own. John is writing again, enjoying every minute. His greatest critics are his five grandchildren, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
He is currently working on a book about Hospitals. His eldest grandson, just six, has an illness called Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. He visits Hospital almost every week. The book will try to ease children's fears and show what they can expect in a Hospital. It will include handy tips on what to take with you, such as pens, paper, colouring books, iPad etc.