I was born in the eighties, a time of great change. The world was about to become a smaller place with developments in mobile telecommunications and the internet. But before all that hit like a pandemic, there were books, and I couldn’t get enough of them.
One of the first books I came across was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There I was, a scrawny boy, with my nose in one of the most celebrated horror novels of all time. Strangely enough, I wasn’t scared at all by the gore and superstition. In fact, I was intrigued by the style of writing and the way the story unfolded from the point of view of the characters. And I needed more! From vampires to ghosts, to gods and long-lost civilisations, I devoured all kinds of books. In a way books helped me to transcend the limits of my own thoughts, opening me to new ideas and fuelling my imagination…and then I began to dream.
I’ve never considered myself to be a writer in the professional sense. I never studied creative writing or literature past secondary school. Instead I went on to college to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and then began a career in computers. Talk about indecisive! I’m still like that today, but one thing that encompassed all of my interests and allowed me to approach it from various angles was writing. My education in the craft has come from years of reading and observation that continues always. Life has been/is my teacher, and sometimes the best lessons we learn come in our darkest days.
One morning in 2010, my brother, who cured cancer for a living, went off to work. That evening, he never returned home. Two months later, the police knocked at the door. They’d found him, only that he wasn’t alive. It changed everything. It changed me as a person. Just how much of me had been lost with his death wasn’t apparent at the time. That void made itself known years later. I began asking some deep questions: Why do people suffer? Why are we here? What exactly is life? Now, when I write, I try to find solutions through my stories.
My latest book, An Inspiring Afternoon, delves into life from page one. The protagonist has been around for many years and has amassed a lot of wisdom along the way. In the book, she unfurls her secrets, sharing with the family and reader all that she knows. It’s my humble attempt at providing a map for people who may be lost or looking for meaning in this ever-changing society. I’m looking to publish the second edition very soon. Please join my email list and I’ll let you know when it’s published and ready to pick up from your local bookshop.