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Check out our Anthology "Four Rivers and a Castle", coming December 2013 and meet DCI Warren Jones for the first time in the short story "Papering Over the Cracks".
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Want to become a writer but not sure how? Perhaps you like to scribble in your spare time? Maybe you've already had some success and just want to meet new, like-minded people.
Then why not join your local writers' group? The National Association of Writers' Groups has a list of groups around the country.
None listed? Try Googling to see if you can find a local one that isn't affiliated to NAWG.
Just a little about who I am and what I do.
I started my career as a biologist, pursuing my research in such exotic locales as Toronto and Manchester. Along the way I've also had jobs as a massively over-qualified receptionist in a sports centre and spent 6 months working for a major UK bank ensuring that global terrorists and other international ne'er do wells banned from holding UK bank accounts hadn't managed to circumvent global restrictions and open a Junior Savings Account. This was even less exciting than the job as a receptionist.
Finally I saw the light and decided to pass on my hard-won laboratory skills, bad habits and wilful disregard for Health and Safety (*) to a new generation and retrained as a secondary school science teacher. I now teach science to 11-18 year olds and creative writing to Sixth Form students.
(*) For legal reasons, I should point out that I take the Health and Well-being of my pupils extremely seriously and am proud to say that none of my pupils have ever suffered permanent disfigurement from one of my science lessons.
A keen writer from an early age, my year 6 report on leaving primary school said "Keep up the writing and one day you'll be the next Roald Dahl". For the sake of balance, it should be pointed out that it also said, "you will never get anywhere in life if your hand-writing doesn't improve."
Twenty five years later and my hand-writing has, if anything, deteriorated. On the plus side I am loved by millions of children around the world (*).
(*) This is a lie. Just ask any of the students I've taught.
Now I'm entering a new and exciting chapter in my career as I pursue my dream of a publishing contract. Join me as I chronicle my journey from keen amateur to debut novelist.
PS If you are keen to read a bit more about DCI Jones and his team at MIddlesbury CID, Visit the DCI Warren Jones section of the website.
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