I've been writing since realizing, at the age of five, that the stories I loved really were written by people, not 'godlike figures'. First published in 1983, I'm a prize-winning author of short stories and you can find some of my children's books on Amazon
The two outstanding modern authors for me are Kazuo Ishiguro and Sarah Waters The first for his ability to see around the corners of writing and the second for her fantastic attention to detail - and her twists in the tail, of course. I think Ian McEwan is a great writer too, with a fantastic output. But I pay hommage to Iris Murdoch and Tolkien, and to the great Victorian storytellers. Of course, but, as a writer of children's stories, I have to mention the much maligned (by writers) JK Rowling. To sustain a complex plot with so many hightly individulized characters for so many thousands of words is a great feat.
FIRST VICTIM (Working title) A crime novel in 100,000 words featuring Sabbie Dare, a shaman who often finds that her work brings her face to face with the dark side of life. Her ability to court trouble doesn't help, either.
STARTING TO WRITE. Just published, the upgraded course materials for the Open College of the Arts flagship level one creative writing course. I rewrote the original coursework completely, bringing it up-to-date and making it more accessable, with a lot more writing challenges for the student.
I-LINES. I am about to rewrite a second level course for the OCA, changing it from 'Autobiography' to 'Creative Non-Fiction'.
Coombs Moylette Literary Agency
Gazelle Children Fiction
Bristol Evening Post
Reading...goes without saying, doesn't it? Walking and swimming. Celtic history and exploring the magical landscape of Britain. I'm a Druid, so a bit of tree hugging is expected, although I recommend people to be cautious; trees are wild things, after all. I love gardening, especially for stuff to eat, and I do like cooking...just not every day!
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