I don’t remember when my love of writing began, but from early years I was an avid reader. The two things are closely linked. Reading took me to the world of imagination, re-creating in my mind the word pictures painted by the authors I read as a boy. Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’, ‘Secret Seven’, W.E. John’s ‘Biggles’, ‘Saki’, John Buchan’s ‘Thirty-Nine Steps,’ Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ and many more! Reading those great stories developed an instinctive feel for how words work together to weave a narrative that holds the attention and brings the characters and places to life in the mind’s eye.
Before we learned to read, my father used to tell the dramatic stories in the Bible to my brothers and me. I’m sure that laid the foundation for my love of stories. All good writing tells a story. Writing takes many forms but the best writing entertains and also informs. I hope my writing will do both for my readers. I think the worst accusation anyone can level at a writer is that it is ‘boring’. I want to avoid that at all costs, so I’ll stop right there!