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I have been writing since I was very young. When I was a teenager, essays and poetry helped me win my first overseas trip via a newspaper competition. I returned to creative writing in 2006 after 30+ years as a technical writer. For the past ten years, I've had great fun experimenting with different types of writing. I've written articles for content websites and on commission. I've written short stories and poetry for competitions — and have had a couple of wins, several honourable mentions and some short-listing.
Since 2009, I have been co-editor of the Chudleigh Phoenix Community Magazine and we have grown it from a 4-page, bimonthly publication to a monthly 12-pager. Together with co-editor Sharon Cook, I launched the Chudleigh Phoenix Annual Short Story Competition, which ran for five years but is currently on sabbatical.
In July 2011, we published a collection of short stories. Life is Not a Trifling Affair received such positive feedback from our readers, we brought out a second collection in November 2012. This one is called Life is Not a Bed of Roses. Both anthologies are available either as paperbacks or as ebooks.
I have also published several books on my own: Sunshine and Sausages is a how-to book on running a successful summer garden party. Parcels in the Rain and Other Writing is a collection of short stories, flash fiction, travel writing and memoirs. The Business of Writing is aimed at helping writers understand the basics of running a small business. It is available as a series of ebook or as a composite paperback.
My first novel, which is set in Russia and based partly on my travel experiences, is called Gorgito's Ice Rink. It was published in 2014 and was Runner Up in the 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards. My second novel, which is set in Southern Africa and is based on the sometimes murky world of drugs manufacture, is called Counterfeit! It was published in July 2016 and is the first in a series of thrillers. The second book, called Deception! will be published in summer/autumn 2017.
I am a member of the Chudleigh Writers' Circle, Exeter Writers, west of England Authors and ALLi ( Alliance for Independent Authurs). I spend far too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but have met some great writing buddies along the way.