I have always had a very vivid imagination and I’ve been scribbling stories, verses poems and letters since childhood. Usually it was for my own amusement because, as a rather solitary child I preferred living in my own world of make believe to playing out with my friends.
Indeed there were times when my parents had to almost force me into the garden to play with my younger sister. I was happiest reading my books indoors, and if I did play in the garden I preferred to do so alone. My playmates of choice were the frogs and toads which abounded in that huge Victorian back garden, and my greatest thrill was watching the huge sycamore trees bending and swaying on a windy day. Or I would sit on my swing at the furthest end of the garden and ponder on subjects such as religion, Jesus, the universe and time. Things most of my peers didn’t care two hoots about.
So yes, I’ve always loved reading and writing and making up stories. And as writing is, on the whole a solitary pastime it suits my less than gregarious nature. And as I live on my own, (with a demanding cat, Oscar) it’s ideal. I can clatter away on my laptop or iPad with no one to disturb my thoughts and my creativity when my Muse comes a-calling.
But until April 2011 I have always felt that there was something missing in my life. Something I yearned for but I could never say what that something was. A missing piece of the jigsaw of my life if you will.
These thoughts, this yearning only happened when I was suffering from one of the frequent bouts of depression which have plagued me for many years. And it was only when I decided to write a gay historical story, that I realised what the missing piece was. I had discovered M/M romance and I was completely hooked.
In June that year, after searching the web for relevant sites, I discovered one which was to have a huge impact on my writing and my life in general. Speak It’s Name A site which reviews Gay Historical novels, novellas and stories and which is run by the author, Erastes ( Junction X, Standish, Muffled Drum) and I learned much and more besides about the genre. And received a great deal of help and advice from other authors of the genre.
Then, in September 2011 I started this blog.