My interest in writing goes back to my schooldays. However, it wasn't until I attended Creative Writing nightclasses over twenty years ago that I began to pursue my love of writing. It took two years to produce the first draft of that first book. After initial approaches to agents and publishers, it languished in a drawer for several years before I discovered writers' conferences. That was like someone opening the blinds of a darkened room! The book was re-drafted and I began to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare the manuscript for submissions. But like everything in this sphere, things are so subjective.
In 2012, I finally gave up a successful career as a professional in the construction industry to try and achieve my aims of publishing my book.
In May 2012, I self-published a version of Trophies. The following year (2013) I gained a terrific boost with the follow-up novel, Torment, being short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger. Although I signed a 3 book publishing deal in 2016 for the first three books in the Wakefield Series, I took the decision to regain my rights in 2018 and re-publish all three, TROPHIES, TORMENT and TALISMAN. In 2019, I added book 4 in the Series, TAINTED.
In between times, I published the first book in my Tendring Series, set in and around North Essex in the 1970s with DISPOSAL the first, set in 1976.
Currently, work is in progress with the second in this series, DISTRESSED, set in 1977.
Watch out for some exciting announcements later this year.
THE WAKEFIELD SERIES
Trophies, Torment, Talisman and Tainted
I'm very pleased to announce that all four books in the Wakefield Series are now available in paperback and ebook format.
THE TENDRING SERIES
Book 1 in the series, DISPOSAL is available now in paperback and ebook formats. Currently underway is Book 2, DISTRESSED, set in 1977 and due out in 2021.