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Hello, my name is Paul Braddon and this is a little about me and my writing.
The writing bug bit as a teenager when I entered a national 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 had the freedom to write what I wanted.
Sold on a career as a novelist, the only sensible step was to study English Literature at university, although unfortunately, after three years of Dickens and Wordsworth, I found myself no nearer to being published.
I went on to spend years writing 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 impressive as it sounds because he was no fan of the great JRR.
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Paul is represented by Joanna Swainson
at Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency
After a few more attempts, I wrote The Actuality and was signed by my agent, the brilliant Joanna Swainson. The Actuality, my debut novel, was first published in February 2021 by Sandstone Press.
If you would like to hear about my next novel, please join my readers' club, all that is needed is your email address. It will never be shared and will only be used for the purpose of informing you of the date of publication and of any other goodies, including sending you the short story - erasure - which I have written to accompany The Actuality.
To complete this brief account I ought to say where I live, which is in South London with my wife Mary and son Thomas, and that I am currently busy on my next novel.
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