That would have to be during a short course education blitz, I felt that it was the first stepping stone into the wonderful, creative world of writing. Obviously, since then, actual life got in the way and projects was just delayed and delayed, before I knew it, I had forgotten half the stuff, but still maintain all the ideas I came up with.
What is your greatest fear?
Failure and letting down my family and myself. I have devoted so much of my life and made so many sacrifices to get as far as I have, that I could not bear it if something goes wrong. But of course, I will strive to improve with every single word I write.
What is your earliest memory?
It must be when my elder brother pushed me in a channel of water, the same style as a swimming pool when apparently, I was only 4
Which living person do you most admire and why?
There are so many to choose from, but I have to say, it is David (Jim Wolverton) Farland. He has written some amazing stories and regularly keeps in touch with his fans. This is coupled with all the writing courses and improvement books he produces and just seems to be a helpful, regular guy, who only wants others to succeed as much as him.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My impatience with people and, I am afraid to say, arrogance. It crops up when I make a simple request to companies, government or anything and they get it wrong or provide me with incorrect information.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfishness and inconsideration, the whole, get something for nothing culture, with ridiculous lawsuits e.t.c. And whenever people immediately cry, prejudice, racism, sexism and a whole lot of other isms and phobias.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
There have been so many, I can’t think of a decent example. I have accepted it, not necessarily learned from it which has led to extreme nervousness and low self esteem. I do tend to put on a good show, but never feel confident enough to be myself in public. Far too many opportunities for criticism.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you have bought?
Probably my second hand motorbike I used to have, or if I add it up, driving lessons, motorbike lessons and driving tests. Or perhaps it was a round in a London Pub… I have never really had an opportunity to buy anything actually expensive.
What is your most treasured possession?
It would be my collection of Tudor Mint Ornaments, I can’t really say family and children, as they are not my possessions.
Which living person do you revere the most?
No-one specific, but anyone who has done a huge challenge for charity that has almost driven them to a huge breakdown and learned some huge lessons.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Now you’re asking. My dream dinner party would be a success, and as there are so many people. Obviously my children and partner would be present at every single one, but I could not have everyone I would invite around at the same time due to the huge differences between them. It would also depend on my mood at the time, whether it is an intellectual mood, David Farland and other successful writers and fellow students, a scientific and study mood, therefore Stephen Hawking and other scientists or a party mood would be just friends and other working class people who work very hard, for not a great wage and would just enjoy a night of relaxation and family time. With lots of children around, as children are the greatest miracles of life.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
I have absolutely no idea whatsoever. I can’t even name as many actors and actresses as I can count on my fingers without spending a great deal of concentration.
What is the worst job you have done?
You’ll have to specify “Worst job”. Lowest wage, most unpleasant or a one off job, like breaking bad news to someone e.t.c. It might be easier to ask “What is the worst job you haven’t done?”
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
You don’t get anything unless you work hard, or you know someone who can give it to you.
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