As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster . . . no, hang on, that’s Henry Hill from Goodfellas. Let’s start again.
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a writer. The great thing about Writing is the only thing you need to do to actually achieve it . . . is to WRITE! So that’s what I’ve been doing, with scripts, songs, short stories, monologues and novels.
In 2012 I completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) scribbling the first 60,000 words of a novel, then joined a brilliant critique group and began to write and submit short stories for publication and competitions.
I did eventually finish that ‘difficult first novel’ – at least the 80,000 word first draft – and it currently sits in my drawer waiting to be wrangled in to something readable. In the meantime, I completed my debut crime novel, SAFE HANDS. That’s currently on submission, as work begins on the sequel – working title ‘Box 237’.
My short stories have been shortlisted and published in a number of anthologies and my monologues performed on stage and for film – you can find one on YouTube here.
I’ll continue to push out the short stories, novels and anything else that takes my fancy, keeping you up to date with my journey as I go. The writing life can be a solitary one so I hope you can keep me company along the way by subscribing to my mailing list here. As well as being able to follow my trials and tribulations, you’ll get plenty of writing tips and regular FREE short stories.
And as if I don’t have enough on my creative plate . . . I also host The Joined Up Writing Podcast where I interview successful authors and key members of the Publishing industry. There’s dozens of interviews, blog posts and more over at joinedupwriting.co.uk and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcatchers.
That’s my story – what’s yours?