I am an author, angler and artist so my life is pretty busy. When I'm not writing, I'm fishing and if I'm not fishing I'll be burning a piece of wood with my pyrography iron.
I am in my sixties, married and live in Staffordshire with my wife Terry-Anne and our toy poodle, Daisy.
I grew up in the small village of Seighford and had a marvellous time until my father decided that it was time to emigrate to Australia. So at sixteen I became a £10 pom and spent the next two years in Melbourne where I sorted wool. Once my sentence was up, I returned to England and after working as a motorcycle mechanic for a short while I started work in a factory that made electricity meters.
I know it doesn't sound like a very exciting career, but I remained in that factory for over 34 years. While I was there, I worked my way up from the shop floor and eventually became the operations manager and then the stress was really on. The only compensation came from achieving output targets and friendship of some good work mates.
Anyway, an opportunity came my way to change my life so I grabbed it by the throat and ran like hell. I had always wanted to work for myself, so I set myself up as freelance writer and wrote articles and stories for magazines. One of my short stories won a prestigious writing competition and this was the trigger that saw me change to writing books.
The only problem I had was that, less than a year after leaving the factory, I suffered a major heart attack. I had two stents fitted and now take so many tablets that I rattle when I walk.
So that's me in a nutshell.
A NOTE ABOUT MY BOOKS
I wrote a number of books during the last ten years and published them on Amazon. However, I am long past retirement age so I have recently unpublished them. The reason I did this was because I was sick of dealing with the administration that comes from running a business, especially when it is barely cost effective.
Self publishing authors have destroyed the self publishing market by giving away books to promote them selves. Do a search on Amazon for free kindle books and see haow many results you get.
Amazon too seem to be destroying their own system. When I search for a book about fishing I don't expect to get lots of results which include women's clothing. What a bloody nonsense. Anyway, If you purchased any of my books I really do hope you enjoyed them. I have now had enough of self publishing and hope to enjoy proper retirement.