Andrew Hinkinson


Andrew Hinkinson was born in Lancashire, England. His mother had a home birth which is how the family's toy poodle was able to bite the doctor when he turned up after all the messy stuff was over and done with. On his first day at school, left-handed Andrew produced a fairy story for his teacher but she had to use a mirror to read the backwards writing. "The spelling was perfect, though," she said.

Thankfully for all of us, Andrew learned to write the other way round. He was soon drawing comic books with intricate and episodic sci-fi plots, selling them in the school playground for ten pence a copy. In his early teens he got into trouble not only for drawing very rude pictures and selling them to his friends, but for producing his x-rated juvenilia on school paper purloined from the art supplies cupboard.

Andrew moved to London to see the Queen and find Puss in Boots but somehow ended up with a Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lived in London for 13 years and worked as an editor and copywriter. Relocating to a small market town in the Yorkshire Dales, Andrew studied poetry under the tutelage of world-famous poets like Simon Armitage and the UK's first-ever female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed by necessity. It isn't inspiration. It's simply that I have a lot to do and staying in bed won't get any of it done. Now, if you'd asked what inspires me in general terms - you know, to keep going with my writing, or to live my life - I'd say my parents and my animals. I have five cats and lots of chickens, all of which need me to be there for them, whatever the weather, all year round. My mum and dad believe in me, which helps me with the task of finishing writing projects, while the cats keep me company at the computer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I take a lot of eggs from my chickens to a friary in the nearby city of Bradford on a weekly basis. They use them to feed those who are struggling on low incomes, are homeless, or suffer with drug dependency and other psychological or emotional issues. I only keep enough back for my own needs. The chickens take up a lot of time, cleaning their housing, generally looking after them. I also love to drive to new places, see new things, on my own or with friends and family. And I read. A lot.
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