T.D. Edge

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Birthday? 13th August 1952
 
When did you start writing? Decided to be a writer aged 10 (1962)
 
When and what and where did you first get published? Flymo and Shedbuilder, children's novel, published by Andre Deutsch in 1984 in the UK.
 
What themes do you like to write about? Social equality; challenging established authority; love.
 
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? My favourite book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It resonated with me because of the very powerful combination of universal themes and the author's own beliefs and passions. That, and the wonderful way the writing moves through child-like in the first part, "The Sword in the Stone", to dark and adult for the last, "The Candle in the Wind." I've always tried to do something similar with my writing: put my own values and beliefs into the stories but without being obtrusive, and match the style to the subject matter.

Ray Bradbury and Theodore Sturgeon were great influences on me. Bradbury for his imagination and prose and Sturgeon for, again, introducing very powerful emotions based on his own beliefs. In terms of writing style, I learned a lot from YA authors in the 70s - like M.E. Kerr, Katherine Paterson, E.L. Konigsburg - who wrote very sparsely and were/are brilliant at capturing characters by intimation, dialogue and thought.
 
Biography
T.D. Edge ran away from home to travel around Britain, becoming a street theatre performer, props maker for the Welsh Opera, sign writer, schools caretaker, soft toys salesman, and professional palm-reader at Pink Floyd gigs. This gave him plenty of stuff to write about. His children's novels have been published by Random House, Scholastic, Hutchinson and others. His adult short fiction has appeared in numerous places. Terry is also a creative writing teacher, working with groups and individuals, also tutoring with government departments and Denman College. He's very proud of being the youngest-ever England Subbuteo Champion. More at: www.td-edge.com.