I began writing when I was a teenager, initially songs and lyrics for the various bands I was a member of, and then progressing to bad poetry (sometimes really bad poetry). Inspired by my own interpretation of 'classics' (Stephen King, David Gemmell, Michael Moorcock, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Alan Moore, and J.R.R. Tolkien), I began writing short stories.
Uninspired by having no 'visible' career I decided to study journalism at university, foolishly believing this would be a good way to kickstart my prospects. I soon realised the error of my ways. Currently I work at a university and write in my 'spare' time; I have a supportive wife and a less supportive toddler. The advent of e-books and new media for the written word has rekindled my interest in chasing the dream of some day being a full-time author.
Here's some facts abouts me in list format, potentially interesting I suppose. All lists are in no particular order and could be revised!
Books that have influenced me:
The Stand - Stephen King
Legend - David Gemmell
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Conan The Barbarian - Robert E Howard
The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy - Thomas Hardy
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Sandman Collections - Neil Gaiman + various illustrators
The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas - Dylan Thomas
The Circus of Dr. Lao - Charles G. Finney
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Suskind
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson
Other Authors / Poets I enjoy:
Hunter S. Thompson
William S. Burroughs
T S Eliot
Sir John Betjeman
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Things I truly love:
Listening to my boy giggle
Waves breaking on a deserted beach
Standing on the site of an ancient monument
The night sky
Laying in the arms of my wife
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