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A little hint of me – Philip Cocker.
The second born son of a cabinet-maker and a primary school cook; I was named after an electrical fan heater in my parent’s bedroom, where they still live in Preston, Lancashire. I married my gorgeous soul-mate, Paula, nearly 7 years ago in Las Vegas. Elvis serenaded us down the aisle as family and friends watched on a live web-cast, dressed in their pyjamas. Note: wearing “PJs” wasn’t a stipulation of allowing them to watch, more that it was 11pm in the UK. We live in Middleton, Manchester, along with Paula’s daughter - Hannah, our foster-child - Sophie, and our cats, Phoebe and Treacle.
I’ve worked for the same Aircraft manufacturing company for 36 years, learning how to use lathes as an apprentice through analysing processes and workflows, to my current role, dealing with US Export legislation. During that time I’ve made many good friends and enjoyed many happy moments. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been involved in areas that include working in the Wind Tunnels on a prototype fighter plane, hone my Service Excellence skills with the UK Guru – Chris Daffy, through to reducing a HM Customs & Revenue Import Duty liability bill from £334m to £80,000.
When I met Paula 9 years ago, she was already fostering Sophie, and I took to my new role in her life surprisingly easily. Sophie’s complex needs mean that she relies on us for virtually everything, but gives back so much more from her delight in simply hearing a voice she knows and loves, to her hearty laugh when someone coughs or sneezes. We know we’re the lucky ones to have Sophie in our lives, as she brings more to us than we could ever give her back.
About 12 years ago, I put finger to keyboard as the inclination to write the book within gripped me. My initial aspiration of simply writing a novel has moved on step by tiny step as I pass each goal, from other’s reading and enjoying The Kylapitar through to them demanding to know if there’s more to come. Future aspirations include being able to replace my aging laptop with a new MacBook Pro, to help continue my passion for writing. To sit quietly in Waterstones in the Trafford Centre and watch someone pick my book off the shelf & buy it, knowing that the same will be happening all over the country. To be able to travel to inspirational places around the world, enjoy the architecture, culture, and people and use those experiences as inspiration and characters for future novels. Yet all those would pale into insignificance if I was able to sit in a reasonably priced car whilst The Stig teaches me how to drive it round the Top Gear track.