Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Liverpool, in a large and loving family. We aways have been a close family arranging get togethers on a frequent basis. It was on one of those meetings that the basis of my book was spawned. We were discussing our father, and discovered that we all knew different things about him. but none of us had the full picture. Sandi one of my sisters (I have five and one brother) came up with a brilliant idea. She suggested that we all write a bit about ourselves and collate it together in a family book to pass onto future generations. I started and because I'd experienced a really exciting youth in the Merchant Navy could not stop. I soon realised I had the makings of an early biography.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think writing a biography helps to explore your past in detail. Research brings to the fore memories forgotten. Expressing those memories seems to lift a burden, and its very satisfying sharing a bit of history of the way things were with the reader. Research also means discussing years gone by with people of the same era, Its amazing how little snippets and facts, open a whole new doorway to your own memories.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have been fortunate and had some great 5 star reviews. Most are urging me to write another book, it means such a lot that people in these busy days find the time to sit down and write a review. I will write some more probably not a biography, playing around with a few ideas at the moment
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