I came late to writing, but have well and truly caught the bug now. Whether anyone is interested or not, I shall continue to write stories. I believe passionately in the two books I’ve produced so far.
Looking back at my own experiences, I was keen to set a story which featured a gay teenage boy as the central figure and I was also determined the story should have a positive outcome. I particularly liked adventure stories when I was younger, and thought that it was about time the boy got the boy instead of the girl at the end of the story.
I have a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, which has enabled me to earn a living teaching science. I have done this for over 30 years, giving me the opportunity, in a small way, to nurture some exceptionally talented students who have gone on to do great things.
However, it is equally important to me that I have a diploma in music from the Open University. I sing, play, compose and conduct music with local groups whenever I can.
It was my boss, a former headmistress at the school I work at now, who started me thinking about writing. She would make comments about how funny my reports were (even though they were not meant to be) and how much she enjoyed reading them. In the end, I thought I might as well give it a go. After all, they do say we all have one book in us if only we took the time and effort to write it.