Master of Flame and Iron, nonfiction, Issue 34, March 1, 2016
Birthday? 16th December 1943
When did you start writing?
I started in 1999 after a divorce. It gave me a new direction and an opportunity to do something I really enjoy.
When and what and where did you first get published?
I got my first article “The Right to be Left” published in The Lady magazine. It was about how being left-handed affected people’s lives historically and in modern times.
What themes do you like to write about? I am really interested in mythology, folklore and the psychological/psychic effects of our five senses. I enjoy writing non-fiction articles as well as fiction, mainly short stories with a twist in the tail.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? In non-fiction I love anything written by Lyall Watson as his work really makes me aware of the “connectedness” of things.
My favourite fiction writer is David Baldacci and I like Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books as the characters feel like old friends. There are many others – I read a wide variety of books but not much romance.
I am 72, been married three times and led an interesting life in that it has had lots of ups and downs, but I don’t regret anything. I think the world is a fascinating, beautiful and dangerous place and we sometimes forget what a gift it is.
Most of my working life has been spent in the field of employability, helping unemployed adults get back into work, training or just getting the confidence to move forward. At present I am an Employment Adviser working in local government.
I live alone in Blackpool in the UK with my dog who is great company. I love writing, doing puzzles, and crosswords and I think I’m pretty lucky as I have a very supportive family who encourage me in everything I do.