My journey as a writer has taken me up so many different avenues since I first caught the writing bug back in 2006. It all began when I was asked to referee an under 14s football match, in which my eldest son was playing, at his team’s home ground in Nottingham. The other team, from a nearby town, were trouble from the first whistle. The game was punctuated by continual verbals and nastiness, aimed mainly at me. Just before half-time one of the opposition’s players committed a vicious foul – so bad my immediate reaction was to send him off. A bit of a fracas ensued, but it so happened that a league official was present to investigate numerous complaints about our opposition that day, and the match was abandoned. I was asked to write a report and that team were kicked out of the league.
I found I enjoyed writing the report and from then on I went on to produce a number of short stories, with the aim of putting together a collection, which I still hope to do in the future.
But my short story factory came to a standstill once I’d begun to write Sliding on the Snow Stone, a historical memoir beginning in Ukraine in 1932 at the time of the Holodomor, and without doubt the most important project I’ll ever undertake.
From time to time, I took a break from the novel and briefly resumed work on my short stories, and in September 2010 Mosaic was published, and included We All Scream, one of my early pieces.
So, this section contains details and samples of much of my work, including those listed above. Any feedback is welcome.