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Born in Yorkshire I now live in Cardiff Bay, an area I love. I have been a writer for approximately thirty years. During my working life I created, developed and ran some of the first successful retail websites in the UK. One of those, EFL (short for Exercise, Fitness & Leisure) was awarded The Golden Web Award for Design, Creativity and Content from America, for 3 years running. This was due to my having blended not just information relating to the products being sold but to the extensive amount of informational editorials relating to exercise, fitness and leisure pursuits suitable for all ages and all abilities. This website which catered for home, commercial and disabled users was probably the first of it’s kind in the UK.


Through writing for the website I was also commissioned to write many factual pieces for inclusion in advertorials, editorials, newsletters, newspapers and magazines as well as for Educational Tutorial Booklets. Also during my working career I was a speaker, something I have continued since retiring meaning I am available for such events.


When I retired from business I took up fictional writing. A totally different writing process in which I started a new learning adventure, one I am still enjoying. Dear Friends: Letters from Abroad was my first attempt at writing a historical novel. I followed this with the original Little Friends Picture Story Book Series, a set of 3 books, each with 5 stories and minimal images. Later I tried my hand at Doyle’s Casebook, a mystery short story book.


With a strong love of history the late Dorothy Dunnett is one of my favourite writers. Her ability to ‘marry’ fact and fiction in her writing has been extremely well done, leaving the reader with a belief that the fictional characters/events are real and/or did exist in history, even if they didn’t. Apart from writing my other interests include historical buildings, history in general, reading and travel.


In recent years I began working with other potential authors, offering them help through Pen & Ink Designs. For the younger (under 18’s) I mentor younger writers through the ‘Kids Who Write’ and the ‘Kids-4-Kids’ Organisations and work alongside other authors, illustrators, editors etc in an effort to get some of the work published. Links to these sites are below.



www.penandinkdesigns.co.uk            

www.kidswhowrite.org

www.kids4kids.org.uk

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