I started my love affair with writing at a young age writing fictitious matchday programmes for my beloved Newcastle United. Although never having excelled at English in a school environment, there was one piece of writing in year 7 that my well-respected English teacher Mr Boothroyd singled out as 'masterful', giving me belief and leading to some hi-octane high speed match reports at University for the First XI football team. This culminated in my one and only accolade of Uni Journalist of the Year in 1995. I still have the trophy.
Further match report writing seasons followed in Australia, capturing the essence of youth and senior games, most of which would never have been given any journalistic coverage whatsoever, before a successful two-year stint as newsletter editor for the highly regarded In Off The Post publication for the local football club. Much acclaim for the punchy writing style has sown the seed for a book, and the result of a three-year stop-start writing process is a first novel, Introducing Jarrod Black.
Having grown up in a rural market town in the North East of England, the move to University brought on a subsequent move to France, and from there circumstances took me to Australia, where those ‘two months to see if I like it’ just prior to the Olympic Games in 2000 were the catalyst for permanent residency. I am now approaching 45 years of age, with two smashing kids and a wife who is addicted to triathlons. No slouch on the football field, and a veteran of five Sydney marathons, I now get more out of the game as a coach, manager and referee. Managing a busy IT consultancy, having a wife who is consistently training for the next big race and having two kids with busy school lives does not lend itself to a life of deep thought and pondering for hours over text. It does though give fuel for some observational writing, and makes the time I get to sit and write even more special.
Introducing Jarrod Black
by Texi Smith
Published: March 5, 2017
Introducing Jarrod Black. An unashamed football novel, this is the first published fiction work of former sports journalist Texi Smith. Immerse yourself into the English Football League as our hero comes to terms with a difficult end to the league season and weighs up his options for the upcoming season. If you love your football or love a good fast-paced read, please read the sample and enjoy!
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