I have always needed to write. I remember at school sneaking to the far end of the playing field at break times with paper and pen and just scribbling down short stories and poems.
When I was sixteen I was runner up in a national short story competition, and that encouraged me to keep writing. Various projects and stories accumulated in a desk drawer until my son was born.
When I started reading books to my son he soon became terrified of the stories about dragons, and ogres, and magic, and in particular one about a dream maker who whispered in the ears of sleeping children. He didn’t sleep for weeks. So I started writing stories for him about things he was interested in, and had soon written my first novel about the war between red and grey squirrels. I knew then I wanted to write about the natural world, and wrote another children’s novel which deals with bullying in the animal kingdom. I later teamed up with an illustrator and together we produced a children’s picture book, about a dancing hippo and the story is about not being afraid to be different.
I joined several peer writing groups, reading other writers’ works and critiquing as well as submitting my own work for critique. I also took a creative writing course with the Open University which helped me to become more organised in my writing.
I then wrote an adult novel, a crime/thriller, The Black Widows. My next adult novel, Curse of the Dogwood, was published as an ebook in June 2014. I now have a total of fourteen published books.
I spent twenty-five years working in English law, always day-dreaming of the time I might be able to give up work and just write. Now that is what I am doing. I have seventeen published novels, and working on two more, with a few more ideas swimming about inside my head.
Steps In Time, short stories having to do with some aspect of Time. The 2nd Crimson Cloak Anthology, published in aid of Alzheimer's Disease UK.
Authors: Roger Bone, Janice Clark, Ray Daley, Madeline Dow, T W Embry, Jane Finch, Don Ford, Elizabeth Grace, Rod Martinez, Rodney Page, Esma Race, Doug Rains, P J Roscoe, Wesley Tallant, Chrystal Vaughan, Barbara Weitzner and Gary Winstead.