Having retired from the Education Service in 2006, I set out to write those books which I had never written – novels that were waiting in my head. My first, Three Women of a Certain Age, was written between 2006 and 2007: sun, sea, sand and sex on an island holiday. My second, The Great Gobbler and his Home Baking Factory at the North Pole, (originally written on a manual typewriter in 1982) was computerised in 2007: a fantasy for children with a mad puppeteer, a hot-air balloon, a clown-clad mountain troll and a fairground ghost train. My third, The Vampire’s Homecoming, was completed between 2007 and 2009: horror in a village with vampires, secret societies, souls at stake and a struggle with religious forces. My fourth, The One-eyed Dwarf was completed in 2010: dwarfs, elves, wizards, witches and runes – all conjured from the myths of the Norsemen.
I am now working on The Age of Wisdom and this should be finished by the beginning of July 2011: it is a story about betrayal – adultery and divorce. Swinging in the Sixties, based on a novel I wrote in the late 60s, will be re-researched and written between 2011 and 2013: a great time to be young, but not always for the stereotypical reasons.
In 2007, I adapted Laurie Lee’s novel As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning for the stage and this was produced at the Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich in November 2009.
Since retirement, four other novels have suggested themselves – The Rendlesham Mystery, Ghosts of Dunburgh, Brent’s First Case and The Poet; these will be researched and written between 2013 and 2021.
Following the publication of my first novel, I was asked by Bill Pieri to ghost-write his autobiography: this is in progress at the moment, and we hope to publish by the end of 2011.