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From a young age I enjoyed writing. From slightly nauseating poetry to short stories with interesting, but badly-crafted plots. I always had a passion for ancient history, spirituality, anthropology and archaeology, all the things that make a civilisation tick. I always wanted to be an archaeologist, but decided that my lack of eyesight might be a hindrance. I then considered a career as an actor (more misguided than a blind guide dog.)
Eventually I left the refuge of my boarding school and decided to embark upon an English degree. I plodded through the three year course and emerged blinking at the other side, truly none-the-wiser. In a fit of desperation I decided to enrol on a PGCE course. It was a very tough year, but I passed and became an English teacher. This, for the most part I enjoyed, apart from the long hours and children.
So, I decided to finish the book I started writing during my degree. This I did and eventually found a publisher. I then went on to train as a counsellor in a vague attempt to learn about the human mind and psyche.
I then trained people in the art of listening and empathy – training both Samaritan volunteers and prisoners, whilst my book gradually picked up some momentum.
I embarked on another book whilst writing a collection of short stories and poems. Without going into too much gory detail I “fell out” with my publishers and decided to go down the E-book route.
I continue to write, both fact and fiction, and I hope to soon have more books published on paper.
I now find myself sitting at my desk in my home in East Sussex, hoping like all writers for that lucky break.
For the record, I have a guide dog called Oliver )you can even follow him on Twitter, @GuideDogOliver) a wife,(childhood sweetheart) two children, a collection of DVDs and swords. I train hard in the gym, used to do a lot of martial arts, and have recently began to take up rowing again. Spending a lot of time in my garage where lurks my rowing machine.
I’m relatively fit and strong, average to Ok looking, but far too short to be an elite athlete.
So that’s me – a very potted biography. Read my writing, enjoy it, and remember that every word is thoroughly inspected before it is plucked from the bough, polished and frozen in time, forever to blink in its prison of pixels and expectant dreams.