I was born in the Midlands roughly about the time Noah set sail and like both Mary Wesley and Sir Christopher Bland before me, have taken to writing rather late in life.
I graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA) with a degree in economics but even in those days harboured literary ambitions. Heavily comatose from listening to too much Leonard Cohen I took to writing poetry. Fortunately, both for myself and the world at large, it’s become lost to posterity.
After graduation I worked, briefly, as an Economist in London but soon moved to Cornwall, where, together with my wife, I ran my own business for many years. We lived in the small Cornish fishing village of Polperro which has provided a rich source of material for my first novel, ‘Midsummer Dreams’, now ready for publication.
‘Midsummer Dreams’ tells of the lives, loves and dreams of a small selection of the inhabitants in the fictional village of Treddoch Harbour on one particular day of the year, Midsummer’s Day. It will be my first published novel although I’ve had a couple of aborted attempts in earlier years. They too went the way of the poetry!
I began work on the novel in January 2017 and eight months later had a rough draft ready but feeling the need of a break from it I put the manuscript to one side and thought to write just a couple of short stories.
Twelve months and fifteen stories later it became clear that I had my first volume, ‘Collected Writings – Vol I’ ready for print. It was published at the end of last year.
‘Collected Writings - Vol II’, is currently with my publisher.
A novella, ‘Our Little Secret’, is due for completion by the end of the year at latest. It has to be, as I’ve already mapped out next year’s project and ‘Collected Writings – Vol III’, is underway.
After over forty years of living in Cornwall I crossed the Tamar and moved back to England (!) a short while ago, although only as far as Devon. I’ve now abandoned the ‘day job’; writing can become a seductive and powerful mistress.