I’m a ‘Leading Edge Baby Boomer’ (Wikipedia definition) born in 1952 in Manchester, six years after my older sister. The age gap was big enough to mean our respective interests were substantially different, although Susan did encourage me to read books. I also followed my parents’ example and listened to the radio. Between those two influences a creative imagination was being fostered…
By the age of thirteen I found an outlet for that talent when given the task of writing a fairy story for my school homework. Then I found I could write short pieces that made my friends laugh, even to the extent of speaking them out loud. Writing was fun – but it was never going to provide an income!
My subsequent interest in the theatre led me to take a more serious interest in character development and plot construction. This would then be developed further by a director and the actors. For many years I concentrated almost entirely on theatre scripts – some specifically for performance, others for writing competitions – but it was not until 2010, a year after enforced early retirement from the civil service, that I considered taking on what I felt would be my biggest challenge: to write a novel. The eventual result was The Murder Tree, first published in October 2013.
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A Kangaroo In My Sideboard
by Alan Veale
An Englishwoman’s account of emigrating to Australia in 1949, together with her asthmatic husband, their three year old daughter – and her mother’s antique sideboard!
The Murder Tree
by Alan Veale
It can be murder digging up your family tree, especially when your ancestor is trying to kill you.
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