I am 63. I have a gorgeous wife Annie and two beautiful sons, I love to write. I am a retired teacher, lapsed Waterstones’ bookseller and former Basketball Coach. I taught PE and English for 20 years and coached women’s basketball for over 30 years. Latterly I have been taking notes for students with special needs at my two local universities. I have always loved books and reading, but 9 years at Waterstone’s nearly put paid to that!
I’ve had a few pieces published and exhibited. I have my writing on various blogs. I am the former editor of and writer for a Dutch website www.UtrechtCentral.com which tells English speakers in the city all they need to know about Dutch life. I enjoy presenting papers at crime fiction conferences, it keeps my mind active and is a great way to meet new people and gain fresh ideas for writing! I love writing poetry. Fitting words together is an odd way of spending time, but I do revel in it!
I have written a play, a double hander involving two women and their love. I am editing a book, “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester.” To be published in October. For my Creative Writing MA from De Montfort University, I wrote a crime novel set in Utrecht. It is part of a series of murder mysteries I have planned based in the Dutch city. It’s great to wander the streets of Utrecht or drink coffee next to the canal, watching and listening to people for my book. I get all sorts of ideas doing this!
I am also writing a crime trilogy set in the Great War and the early Twenties: “Poppy knows Best.” To the right you can see imaginings of my two main characters by a fantastic artist Lez.Take a look at his work here. Pity I can’t retreat back to the roaring Twenties! I have loads on the go and must settle down to finishing some of it!