How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
Writing discovered me at the age of 10, when, to my surprise a teacher praised a short story I’d written. At sixteen I had my first national newspaper article published. A member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists my non-fiction years covered my time in the legal profession, much of the material being of a business nature. There was still chance to complete a full length historical novel, edit and ghost write two others and edit a couple of small magazines. The year 2001 offered opportunity for full time writing and I’ve since concentrated on fiction plus some poetry.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
To me writing is a drug. I’ll try anything twice, maybe more.
Describe your writing process.
Last century, work was done day or night, as and when required. Since 2001 I’ve enjoyed the freedom of full time creation and the luxury of switching to fiction. The day starts in the attic office at 7 a.m. with two hours devoted to writing, on-line research, editing, correcting and dispatching – often a combination of all five. There’s a break around 9 a.m. for a shower (a great place for thought) then it’s on with the work. Most afternoons are spent walking the country; again time for thought, discovery, research and photography.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on Fewer Than 500.com?
It’s good to write and edit to specific limits. For ‘Short Encounter’ I also restricted myself to the spoken word and enjoyed the challenge.
What are you working on now?
Handled by Troubador Publishing, there’s my full length ‘The Real World’ novel to promote. Based on a U.K. mansion it light heartedly explores the conflict between humans and spirits. In addition, a series of ghost stories is appearing in one Magazine exploring scenes along the Valley of River Wye from its U.K. source in Mid-Wales to its arrival at the Bristol Channel. The plan is to join these with poetry and location descriptions to form a new sort of travel offering next year. There are two full length works awaiting final editing, one historical and the other humorous plus a constant demand for more short stories.