In March 2020, the UK went into lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Being in the vulnerable group, I had to stay at home, but within a few days, I was feeling lonely and depressed. I knew there were others feeling the same way and wanted to help, but what could I do?
I had the idea to put some of my short stories on my website, stories that brought a smile to the face and lifted the spirits . I soon ran out of stories and put out a call to writers to send me stories for the site. Soon, I was receiving emails from around the world.
When the lockdown restrictions began to ease throughout the world, I eased the restrictions on the type of story I accepted and now publish a greater variety of styles and subject matter, but they have one thing in common. They are all entertaining.
I’ve been writing since I was a child. As a teenager, I wrote a lot of poetry. Later on, I moved on to articles and short stories which were published in various magazines such as Nursery World, Yours, People's Friend, Music Teacher. My favourite is an interview I did on Ben Clapp, who was assistant to John Logie Baird. Nobody had ever heard of him! The Scottish Field carried my two-page article on him and subsequently Radio Rentals gave him a video recorder so that he could record his favourite TV programmes.
I was a regular contributor to Organ Player magazine, writing articles on technique or on well known people in the organ world such as Carlo Curley and Kenneth Baker.
I also worked for a time as assistant editor on Brooke Bond's house magazine, and later became editor of Lucky Break puzzle magazine.
I started writing my first novel, Countdown to Extinction, in the late 1980s, inspired by talk of cryogenics and the Norwegian Seed Bank. However, it took me over thirty years to complete it! At heart, I was a journalist and my initial efforts read like a report. I have since completed Forgotten Murder, The Secret and Home Before the Bombs Drop and The Mulberry Tree.