So, a little bit about myself. I am currently a desktop support engineer for a trading company and have been there since 2000. I’ve been in the IT industry for a while now and love messing around with computers and new operating systems as they come out. Before I got into computers I was a mechanic so I’ve been fixing things my whole working life.
What drew me into writing then?
I was unemployed for a couple of years before I started working with computers. I had just bought my flat when I was made redundant, so not good timing. I was never very good at interviews and dreaded the times I had to attend any. Before I started at my current job I was at a company for a couple of years as a contractor when the position I was in came up as a permanent role. My manager was happy with me and wanted me to stay, but the company still wanted to do interviews. I didn’t get the job and I made up my mind then that I didn’t want to have to go through interviews again. (Fortunately I was contracting at my current company when they offered me the role permanently without the need for an interview.)
After reading a few books and trawling the web I found the answer I needed. Passive income. Something in place where I could travel the world for a year and still have income coming in without having to do a thing.
After a while I had a list of things that could provide a passive income and writing was second on that list. The first on the list didn’t work out so I began writing. And do you know what? I really loved it. When I was at school, (many moons ago), I had real trouble writing story’s in the English class. I would struggle to reach 2 sides of an A4 sheet of paper, so discovering now that I really enjoyed creating story’s and finding it easy getting words down really surprised me.
I started writing short story’s for competitions, had no luck, but lots of encouragement from the organisers about the story’s. I then tried my first novel. It was created from a script that my friend had written about 8 years before. He kindly gave me permission and when I finished it I tried to get an agent. Forty rejections later I decided to start my second novel.
Two years later and I was only two thirds of the way through. Around this time I found Dean Wesley Smith‘s blog that changed my whole approach to the writing business. It destroyed a load of myths that surround writing and getting published. As I read through all of his posts I found a new path to being published that suited me perfectly as a new writer and techie. And that was indie publishing.
So, that’s how I got to where I am now. Feel free to browse my books on the left of this page and read the free sample chapters when you click on them.
I hope you enjoy.