I have always loved reading and writing, from as far back as I can remember. I loved both stories, poems and non-fiction as a child and it is the same for me now. I almost always have a novel, a biography or some non-fiction book on the go at the same time. And of course, my beloved Kindle, packed with dozens of books, goes everywhere with me. I have a fairly eclectic taste in reading, depending on my mood or how busy I am at any one time. I do love a good thriller or crime novel, though, especially when snuggled up in my bed on a cold winter’s night, with the wind howling outside for good, atmospheric effect. There’s many a night I’ve been too scared to turn out the light and that’s only with Harry Potter, so forget Stephen King.
My father was a writer and he would often write stories and poems for us. In those days, he wrote everything by hand, so it’s hard to imagine in this technological age what it must have been like to write, then edit, using pen and ink. It’s bad enough nowadays with word processing being so comparatively easy. I can’t begin to think of editing by hand. Shudders.
My dad died many years ago, so I often think what he would make of all the changes in book publishing today. He was far more interested in the writing, rather than in recognition or monetary gain, especially with his plays, some of which were performed on the BBC radio drama hour in his day.
Like my Dad, novel writing is a very enjoyable hobby for me, rather than a career. In my ‘real’ job I do a tremendous amount of writing, but in a more academic, (yes, some might even say boring!) field. I find writing to be a great escape from all the things that annoy/bug/stress me in the real world. It is pure therapy and I love it. Also, I think fiction-writing is great because you get to make up stuff, a bit like lying, but you get away with it under the guise of artistic license.
A few people have asked why I do not have a photograph on my Twitter avatar. Well, first of all I am extremely ugly and can scare babies from as far as a hundred paces away. However, the main reason is my job, which precludes me from divulging who I am or where I work. I will therefore have to remain mysteriously anonymous under my author name (at least until I give up the day job!)
Watch this space.