I've been writing for most of my life. During my second year at secondary school there was a short story competition. Stories were to be between 1000 and 2000 words, which sounded an awful lot to me, so without bothering to count an average page, I set to work. When I had written the introductory chapters I decided to count and see how much I had left to write. I had written 16000 words! Naturally I didn't get the prize, but I think my English teacher was impressed.
In my teens and early twenties I was an active member of the Stockport Writers' Circle, which had then, and I believe still has, quite a reputation for quality.
During the next few years I did a deal of translation work, but in 2003 I took a course in screen-writing, after which I wrote three screenplays. In 2008 I changed medium to novels, of which I now have two finished and published. I've also been experimenting with short stories again.
Unfortunately I can only really concentrate on my writing during the winter months, as I'm heavily involved in the garden and with building maintenance during the summer months.