My love of working with words began in Belgium when I was given the rare opportunity to work for the European Journal of Biochemistry as a proof reader. Even though I didn’t have any school certificates to my name and knew nothing about scientific ‘stuff’, it didn’t faze me. So to be offered a job I considered way out of my league and to do very well at it, was just what I needed to boost my confidence.
Ever since I can remember I have read with a passion. I devoured everything I could get my hands on. When I left Belgium, I worked in various offices in administration: in a methadone clinic, a mental health facility, for a barrister in chambers, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I also worked for the NZ police as a nominated person for six years and as a mentor working with young offenders – I loved the job and the people I met.
After working for others, I decided to become a freelance copy editor/proof reader. For 12 years I edited theses, novels, and scientific articles for people here in New Zealand, in the U.S., and in England. I also wrote articles for magazines.
But now, since this website began, my editing/writing life has changed.
My novel 'War and Chance' was published in 2013 - At the beginning of WWII, eighteen year old Thomas Collins is sent, as a conscript, to France to fight n a war he didn't believe in to take part in the atrocities on foreign soil. For more information visit Projects.
My biography, 'The Civilian Bomb Disposing Earl', which was published in the U.K. by Pen & Sword, military publishers, is the true story of a true adventurer, a very courageous man, the 20th Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire, GC. Please see Projects for more information.
I am again faced with the daunting process of searching for a publisher or a literary agent for my next book A Fit Day For Dark Disgrace a novel based on a true story of a wrongful hanging that took place in new Zealand in the mid-1950s. After reading letters Fred Foster wrote to his family hoping one day someone would come along and tell the world that he was innocent of intentionally murdering his ex-girlfriend in a busy milk bar in Queen Street, Auckland, I knew I was hooked. For details please see Projects.
Finding a publisher is hard work, let no one tell you otherwise. It can take years of marketing yourself, when really all you want to do is ... write. Trouble is, its essential.
I have also taken on the additional task of writing a film script of A Fit Day For Dark Disgrace - another first for me and I am enjoying the process immensely. It's not an easy task, far from it, after writing novels and nonfiction, but I love a challenge.
News - I have recently completed a script writing course. See details.