The writing bug first bit as a teenager when I entered a sixth-form essay competition and shocked myself by winning a runner-up's prize. Heady stuff! But the real surprise was how much fun telling a story could be when I wasn’t being directed what to write. Anyway, I was now sold on a career as a novelist and the only sensible step was to study English Literature at university, although unfortunately, after three years of Dickens and Wordsworth, I was no nearer to being published.
I went on to spend years on a lovely story titled The English Witch - a sort of Sabrina meets Harry Potter (all before JK Rowling put pen to paper), set in the 1930s – over which my friends were generous. ‘Better than Tolkien’, one said, although that isn’t as great as it sounds because he was no fan of the great JRR.
After a few more attempts, each an improvement on the last, I came up with THE ACTUALITY, was signed by my agent, the brilliant Joanna Swainson and in due course publishing rights were acquired by Sandstone Press.
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