My interest in writing goes back to my schooldays. However, it wasn't until I attended Creative Writing nightclasses nearly 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. Later, I obtained an agent and continued with the series, completing Talisman early last year.
In May 2016, I signed a publishing deal with Bloodhound Books who have now puublished all three books in the Wakefield Series so far.
TROPHIES, TORMENT and TALISMAN are now available in paperback and ebook formats. Audio versions of Trophies and Torment are also available with Talisman to follow later this year.
Watch out for some exciting announcements later in the year.