I started my journey as a writer back in 2008. I was studying Finance & Investment Management at Northumbria University, and as part of that I set up an investment blog where I would write up company reports and offer my thoughts and opinions on the investment world.
The blog ended up gaining quite a big following, with thousands of views per article. Because of this, I was invited to become a contributor on Stockopedia -- a renowned investment website – which further increased my readership numbers.
However despite this fact, and despite the fact I very much enjoyed writing, I was not enjoying writing about the stock market, I really wanted to be writing fiction. I do not even know where this realisation came from, just one day my mind said. Fiction, that is my love, and what I want to write.
All my life I have loved writing fiction, even as a child I would write stories, and my greatest memory of secondary school is where, in English class, over the course of several weeks we had to write a story.
We were given the theme and genre, you are in the desert and have only a desert buggy to get around, and though I can't remember the exact details of the story that I wrote, I can remember the image I had in my head of the desert buggy in the desert, and I can remember that I wrote nine chapters, when we only had to write three. And I wrote them all using a fountain pen, with blue ink.
I even remember where I sat, and can still vividly recall the image in my mind of me sitting there in the back right-hand corner, next to the window, actually enjoying being in class, and it is the only memory I have of ever enjoying being in any class at secondary school. Just those several weeks working on that story.
So writing fiction has always been my love, it is just somehow it got lost but now it has been found. Whether I achieve any great success as a writer of fiction only time will tell, fingers crossed of course as it would be very cool to become a published author, but regardless one thing I do know is that I will be a writer of fiction for life.
Number of writing competitions entered: 26
Number of winning entries: 3
Number of times shortlisted (exc winning entries): 2
Number of literary agents and publications reached out to: 20
Number of acceptances: 0