My reading preference is family sagas and I tend to write in this genre. Sometimes a body or two creeps into the story-line! I belong to Newark Fosseway Writers and enjoy the fortnightly meetings which alternate between writing on a given theme and speakers/workshops. When not tapping inexpertly on my laptop I'm gardening, knitting, crocheting or swimming. I also attend one of the Newark Methodist churches and belong to social groups either church-related or geared to older people. My family of three children, six grand-children and one much-welcomed great-grandson is quite far-flung, but we are in contact through the internet.
I am a retired farmer. My fictional writings came largely – but loosely – from my own 80 plus years experiences. My hobby, diving with aqualung, spawned ‘Needle on Red’ and parts of ‘The Darkest Lake’. Years in the school Cadet Force and the RAF provided material for a first-person account of military adventures in ‘Not Quite a Judas’. Researching for this book led to three volumes of ‘Youth Led By Youth’ an in-depth study of the Hitler Youth, including many personal stories from former members, and almost a thousand illustrations. I am currently finishing a who-dun-it, set around a murder in an amateur dramatic society’s little theatre. (I am much involved in making props for our local Am-Dram society, but we have never had a real murder . . . so far!)
Meet me, Freya Brian, I'm a very confident individual and a young reader. I adore Jacqueline Wilson books as they are exceedingly exciting and she is one of the main writers who inspire me. Just like ordinary 9 - 13 year old girls I can quite happily shop till I drop! I go on night camping trips to the forest and often go swimming. I win lots of awards for creative writing and often share my ideas with family and friends. Do you like writing 'cause I know I do? If you don't write then why not try it? You'd better get started ... or just read mine!
Alan Cassady-Bishop, born in London and now living in Nottingham, has long been a reader and writer. One-time reviewer/writer of tabletop role-playing games, he turned his attention to historical crime fiction and the paranormal, contributing to The Historical Novel Society and The Fortean Times. He once ran a respected review web site, specialising in crime fiction set in historical periods (while holding down a full-time job). Now works self-employed as a maker/seller of dog treats, he has settled down to creative writing in his spare time, producing short stories and working on his first full-length novel.
Anthony Clive is the pen name of a toy manufacturer. He began writing when over 70 as a result of a challenge to produce a book in six months. He failed. The book took over a year but he has sped up since then. Anthony's mother loved books and introduced him to the 'Swallows and Amazons' series and 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. He feels his writing harps back to both. Cheerful, swash-buckling adventure stories are out of fashion at the moment but he feels their time will return. He has never taken either his business career or his writing too seriously.
David was born in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, and raised in nearby Beeston. After attending Nottingham High School, he graduated in Law from Nottingham University, and has spent his career to date either practising, or teaching, criminal law. He was a public prosecutor and stipendiary magistrate in Glasgow, and has taught Law at Edinburgh and London universities. After nine years as Solicitor for Prosecutions for Queensland, Australia, David is now Associate Professor of Law at Bond University, on Queensland's Gold Coast.
From a very early age I’ve told stories – my Mum called them lies… and when I had children it was natural to tell them my stories. Then it was suggested that they should be written down, and some were. On retirement, I became involved in our local University of the Third Age, (U3A), and for my sins became the facilitator of a writing group. This is my main output currently; I have been fortunate enough that someone has liked my work enough to publish a couple of short stories.
I love the magic that surrounds legends and history, which is funny really because I hated history in school; all those dates and battles. Now, I intertwine history into my books that I write, mostly for children. Next to writing I love swimming, snorkelling and horse riding although I'm getting a bit old for wild horses. Sedate is more my style with a few controlled gallops these days and sore bones after! I am a proud mother of two talented girls and five grandchildren. Watching my grandkids and their pals give me ideas in my stories.