...how I got started as a writer.
The answer is a long story and almost a book in itself. The most important influence was my grandfather. I often visited him in the New Forest during my school holidays and he told me a lot about his youth and how life in England used to be. Nobody else had such a good memory and took so much care in their choice of words. He taught me how to truly tell a story. Later, I wrote stories myself and sent them to him. He always responded to them in very long letters, and we had a kind of author correspondence. That was the beginning. It shaped me and led me to become a professional writer.
...what I do when I cannot think of anything.
That depends. Sometimes I look for something to keep me busy in the house, like duvet snuggling or walking in the Somerset countryside. When I focus on a simple chore, the ideas quietly work by themselves and later I can just return to my desk and start writing. If I cannot think of anything for a longer period of time, I intensively work on a new topic or do some research.
Bats and Belters - A light-hearted novel about village cricket was published by Halsgrove, Autumn 2014.
Another Somerset Century The book that's found its way into the Lord's library earns three 5-star Amazon reviews: 'A very good read, by a brilliant author. The best of the SCCC books that have come out for a while.' 18/11/13. 'Tackles all the the recent stories from numerous runner's up finishes to major ground and personnel changes.' 12/12/13. An enjoyable read for a Somerset supporter or fan of cricket. The sort of book one can pick up, read a bit, and return to with ease.' 20/12/13.
My documentary film Nature's Alchemy was selected for participation in the Culture Unplugged online festival Spirit Enlightened 2014.
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