I fell in love with writing at a young age. I wrote - by hand - my first book when I was 14. At 16, I wrote a movie script that I sent to a Hollywood address I found in an old magazine. I was a dreamer back then and, to a large extent (and sadly), still am.
I have come to realise that the writer's dilemma is navigating the constraints of one's reality and the unboundedness of one’s imagination. This dilemma is seldom a matter of fact versus fiction, but rather a matter of competing fictions.
In my writings, I like to explore, and play with all kinds of fiction: the fiction we are told, the fiction we tell ourselves, the fiction we label ‘reality’, and the fiction we label ‘fiction’.
It is precisely in this world of fictions that I, like all writers, compose. Words are my instrument of choice. I use them to create notes, melodies, chords, basslines – each carefully crafted to entice specific emotional human response: fear, exhilaration, love, sadness. In a sense, I believe that, as a writer, I am a composer of the soundtrack of our lives. And that is a responsibility I take seriously.
I am lucky to have a wealth of experience as a professional and as an entrepreneur. I started my professional life as a management trainee in a mining conglomerate soon after graduating from university. By my mid-twenties I had ascended to management. I then joined the UK government where I served in various senior positions in Westminster. In between the different professional missions, I took time out to study and try entrepreneurship. I founded various enterprises, from a fresh farm produce business to a consultancy firm to stock market trading – all with varying degrees of success and failure (mostly failure, or as I like to call it - lessons, a lot of lessons!!)
After graduating with a bachelor of science degree, I felt unsatisfied with life and, wallowing in my own delusion, decided that I needed more knowledge or, as I later discovered, heaps of meaningless historic facts. So, I went on to acquire postgraduate qualifications in Information Technology and in Development Management. Still, satisfaction eluded me. So I joined Warwick Business School's MBA programme. Another waste of time and money. I tried the Advanced Entrepreneurship Program at Stanford University. Still: nothing. And so I turned my attention back to the stories in my head and the mammoth task of telling them to (mostly) disinterested readers! Yes, I know. Crazy, right!