I am a middle aged bloke, a father, a Trombonist and have just discovered the joy of writing. I've read hardly any books in my life as I've been mostly engrosed in music and my children so I doubt if I have any 'writer' influences. I do like reading articles on physics and other sciences and have done quite a bit of that. My ideas have mostly come from bed time stories I made up for the kids when they were growing, but I've put more of a serious slant in them and researched much subject matter to make sure I get the facty bits as right as I can. I would love to recieve comments/criticism/reviews etc so feel free to tell me . . . Rule of Nine (the Dance) is on the way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Jersey (channel islands), I supose it's fair to say that my childhood affected part of who I became and so it will have had an effect on my writing. But whilst I condone that 'environment shapes behaviour/thought paterns and proccesses', there is something in all of us which makes us different from each other (even within the cultural framework we are aplied to) and unique. I grew up in a fairly cloistered, conservative and heavily controlled environment, I did ask questions though and got into trouble for doing so. At age six I asked my mother "wouldn't the world be a better place without money"? as she would be frequently upset over bills and money ... her reply was "don't be stupid, how would we afford to buy food if there were no money? we would starve". I was shocked to find that she couldn't see past the control unit element of money. So I have realised that there is a bit of 'you' which makes you you and that will find it's way out passed the walls of our cultural influences eventually. I have hardly read any books (apart from reference) and was always a daydreamer as a child. So I write to try and depict/objectify these types of scenario.
From the dust of the forming universe earth came into being. It's own life was once in jeopardy. Now a small group of people come together to find they have a shared destiny. Their own personal journeys begin to make sense in a way they couldn't have imagined, guided by an unlikely set of comrades. Their lives have been leading to this and the tiniest of objects is at the center of their quest