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I retired (early) and started a new career as a writer. I wrote short stories and articles. Some were published; some won prizes; some sank without trace.
Having heard my stories, two friends suggested I should write for children. I’d never thought of that, although I’d spent my first career communicating with young people – as a Chemistry teacher, and running clubs for badminton, chess, table tennis and hillwalking.
I tried writing for young people – and I loved it. It became my main occupation. I sent samples to publishers. One asked to see a complete story. In excitement, I sent it off. Then nothing. After four months, I rang, and was told the manuscript was being considered: I would be notified. Then more nothing. Now, after eight years, I no longer rush to the door when the letter box rattles.
But I kept writing the stories because I enjoyed it so much. Until, in late 2013, I learned I could publish my stories and games as e-books. Since then, I’ve been polishing and issuing some of them. I hope everyone enjoys reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Check out the series:
C: Charades – party game – a new twist to the traditional game.
D: Diagags – party game – gags written as plays for two people.
M: My Story – novels – classical stories, told by the heroes.
O: One-Offs – party game – guess the titles, not quite the classical ones.
P: Pop Tales – short stories – inspired by 60s and 70s hit songs.
Q: Quote-Outs – word games – can you deduce the missing words?
S: Inside Story – novels – a boy’s adventures inside classical stories.
T: Troubleshooters – novels – space adventures for young people.