This blog began in September 2011 when I hit 35, decided it was a Big Birthday (halfway to 70!) and that I needed to Be A Writer. My original “About Me” is preserved below…
I am now writing this in June 2012. To “Be A Writer” is a moving target, but in so far as it’s possible to achieve that aim, I have done so. My teaching is down to 6 hours a week, and the rest of the week is my own – as a writer, a publisher and an editor. It’s raining, I’m hungover, and far too distracted by Facebook – but hell, I’m living the dream!
This blog updates on Fridays.
But the rest of the time I shall be blogging about writing, history and publishing at Top Hat Books. The website is here, and the blog is here. Top Hat Books is an imprint of John Hunt Publishing and we’re actively looking for new writers of historical fiction.
I’ll also be building up the new distribution arm of loveyoudivine Alterotica. The UK site is here, where we’re creating a hub for writers and readers of adult erotic fiction. We specialise in the “alternative” side of things, but we’re increasingly pleased to say that to be gay, lesbian, trans, bi or somewhere in between is less and less “alternative.”
I do also blog from time to time at The Daily Cycle, all about bicycles and cycling.
Thanks for visiting!
Old About Me:
“Writing is an Art; Publishing is a Business”
I wrote a lot during my college time, and for the five or so wilderness years that followed. I had short romantic fiction published in The People’s Friend. I won a short story competition in Women’s Own and the BBC Wildlife Young Nature Essay Writer of the Year. I had articles about quilts and slate mines in County Quest, about contemporary art in the Journal for Education in Art and Design, a letter about stealing post in Saga Magazine, and more book reviews than I can remember.
Success loomed so I ran away and became a teacher.
Now, ten years later, I am teaching part time in a male prison. I’ve travelled. I’ve lived in my own car. I’ve shimmied up – and leapt off – the corporate ladder. I’ve even run a shop, and instigated a small urban renewal project. For the past few years I’ve also been a freelance editor at a female-run company which publishes erotic ebooks. And I’ve been looking back over my previous work with that feeling of embarrassment familiar to anyone who’s read their old diaries.
I’m returning to writing and I find it much easier now I’ve got my head out of my own arse.