About Me?

I have always been interested in fiction, both the reading and writing. 

The first short story I can recall writing was back in 1978 when I broke a bone in my foot and couldn’t play outside. It was a mystery called “The Bortons Have A Mystery”. You can see my creative juices at work even then. I wrote my first novel in 1987, with a second following soon after, at which point I was hooked. 

Since then I have written hundreds of short stories, from just 50 to 25000 words, and more than 20 novels, most of which I never submitted for publication as I was already too interested in the NEXT story/character. I’ve also written a handful of radio, TV and film scripts.

These days I’m trying to take a little more care with my words, and while still writing new stories (shorts and novels), I’m also delving into my past to resuscitate my favourite oldies. 

As for “training”… outside of life, which remains the biggest and best teacher, I enrolled on a correspondence writing course in the late eighties and had a couple of short stories and articles published, and in the mid-to-late nineties graduated from the University of Derby with a BA Hons in Experience of Writing with Literature. 

In the noughties I was fortunate to chance upon a very creative and supportive (but now sadly defunct) writing and critique circle online, which re-inspired my post-degree funk, and published a few things, and nominated one of my stories for the Pushcart Prize.

My main area of interest is everyday people and their trials and tribulations, often with an element of unreal added to the mix. But such is life.

I hope you enjoy anything of mine you read/buy. Please feel free to comment on my blog or contact me/keep in touch via Facebook or Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you.



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    1. I don’t really DO photos. Never have. I have maybe a dozen total where I’m included. But I’ll have a poke around this weekend and see what I can find. Heck, I might even try to find my old digital camera and take a new one…


    2. Btw, there should be a photo on here somewhere now… I couldn’t get my digital camera to turn on, but did remember that the notebook has a webcam, so I grabbed a still. no luddite, me. 😉


      1. Wow, you have more hair than I do! And I don’t know why you don’t “do” pics because you have a nice face–what I can see of it. Lol
        I gather that you are 35. And yes, I’m sorry to tell you, the next 35 years will be gone so fast it will make your head spin. But one perk of getting older is being more and more happy with yourself and not giving a rat’s ass about what others think of you. 🙂


    3. I already don’t give much of a rat’s nethers, but to know I’ll end up caring EVEN LESS is a good thing. 🙂

      Yeah, I have a whole bunch of hair. I mostly always have, although I did shave it off twice (once to help raise money for a newly wheelchair bound friend’s first wheelchair). But I would say for maybe 15 of the last 25 years it’s been ponytailable.

      But no, I’m not 35. And now I’m wondering if I messed up any maths in my last post… 😉 I’m 44. Just. As in I’ll shortly be updating THAT counter.

      And thanks re my face. It is what it is, I guess. I can understand why you openly show yours. And I like that photo – you look very writerly. 🙂


      1. You are about my son’s age; he will be 44 in August.
        Thanks for the comment about looking writerly. I take terrible pictures, but I am who I am, take me or leave me. See….I told you us old folks don’t care what others think. 🙂


  1. I know today is the 25th day of 3 Words August. I just want to say a huge thank you.
    You gave such a beautiful exercise to the writing world. Even though I wasn’t ever at 100 words.
    You inspired me to write and write and write daily. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Vik. That’s very kind. And I am SO happy you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for participating – it made it a LOT more fun for me. And I wouldn’t ever worry about writing too much – you can always edit if you want. 🙂


      1. Hope I don’t impose myself too much. Just want to say that you have a great blog.
        PS. Can you believe that, I have one blog award in my to-do list. I am thankful to all awards and comments, but I already given away three awards in this two days, and I am kinda confused whom shall I chose for this next award. I feel like bugging and bombarding bloggers with the awards.
        And this comment is long… Hope it doesn’t scares you away.


        1. Hahaha again. I’m not going to be scared by a thoughtful comment by an interesting, creative, regularly-commenting visitor to my blog who others also obviously think is classy and deserving of our time and attention. You’ve no worries there.

          But yes, it can be tricksy choosing who to tag. I don’t always. 😮 😉

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          1. Thank you for the kind words.
            Tricky you said, and that’s true…all of my followers and all the bloggers I am following deserve a big pat on the shoulder and humongous thank-you.


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