In 1600 Shakespeare wrote As You Like It. In that play his character Jaques said “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” I happen to like that phrase. I also believe that we would all like to play different characters from time to time; stories give us the opportunity to do that. We can be a hero or a villain. We can live wherever we dream and travel through time at will. In this crazy world writing keeps me sane: its also a lot of fun.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Chesterfield England, lots of English countryside to roam in, but I believe my inspiration really began in Leicester where my parents were caretakers at a large old building. There was no ghost in residence, but it was a spooky place and I remember deliberately, and repeatedly scaring myself by going into parts of it in the dark, on my own.
When did you first start writing?
Twice actually, my very first attempt was around twelve years old when I wrote for the school newspaper. Casper the ghost had recently been on at the cinema and it inspired me to wrote a serial about a friendly little ghost; unfortunately I got him into so much trouble I couldn’t get him out. From then on I would get a piece of paper now and again and scribble a few words, but with career and family it was never a serious attempt; that came after a divorce in the mid nineties when I wrote to quieten the silence of the empty rooms. The silence is now filled with grandchildren and I haven’t stopped writing.
Rosie has to transfer enough gold for a king’s ransom. It should be easy; she has a warship to protect her and everything is a hundred percent legal, so why is she facing life in prison, and why is the stranger who she’s just met got her questioning her feelings for Jet…
Disillusionment can be a great motivator, and when the only way out is up Jet learns that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places: that a courier service is much more than delivering parcels and that diamonds are everyone's best friends.
This is the first book in the Jet Black series.
Bloodthirsty Pirates: World War II; an Island paradise, and a stolen Ruby with mystical powers makes a leisurely sailing holiday anything but.
Alone and trapped on an island two children must find a way to save their parents before the Shah’s mystic ruby brings time back into order.
Left alone the rainforest will quickly take back what has been taken from it. Nature will obliterate the marks of human hands beneath vine and creeper... unless the legacy has poisoned the soil beyond redemption.
We may never know where all the ancient voyages of exploration took man. Many are a matter of record; others would have lost contact, be assumed lost and been written off as failures: yet others maybe are best forgotten