I began writing seriously in 2003. Despite working full time and with a family, I began pounding keys into the early hours, striving to become a literary short story writer.
That didn’t work. But lessons were learnt, and as I stepped across the border into genre and longer fiction, I attempted to bring some of that literary experience with me.
Since those early days, I've written over a million words of long fiction, and now have four novels published, with more on the way.
In addition to all this high-jinks, you can catch me pontificating about literary short stories on the [ Literary Roadhouse
] most weeks and, occasionally, on the monthly book club at that place.
I'm also part-owner of two, writing-related companies:
The Novel Makers [ TheNovelMakers
] is set up to help get writers and their manuscripts into print. Our tag line is "From Writer to Author - We'll Show You How". We work with writers on their manuscripts, helping them with the creative process on their first draft, and then working with them to produce a publishable novel. Specifically, we currently offer novel appraisals and mentoring, and we will be rolling out a suite of online courses to enable you to work at your own pace to improve your writing and creative skills.
Writer Support [ Writer Support
] "You Write. We Support" fills in the blanks that The Novel Makers doesn't cover. We work with writers of short fiction, memoirs, and can edit, format and publish their works.
Away from the business of writing, I'm a member of three local writing groups, each of which is different to the others.
I'm in The Victory Book club - our meetings are held in a local pub. Called The Victory. What's not to like? Books, people, beer. A perfect night out.
In my leisure time I ride my bike, unless it's raining. Or cold. Or dark.
Thank you for reading. That's all I ask.