When I was 6 I wrote a story called 'the Lonly donkee'. Badly spelled stories about animals in various states of emotional distress gradually gave way to stories about quests and heroes. Sex, power, war and online shopping. Returning to animals as an adult I adapted a series of Aesop's fables, one of which, The Fox and the Chicken, was picked up and produced by CBBC's Jackanory and read by Chris Barrie - Rimmer from Red Dwarf. I was very, very proud.
My literary agent at the time was from the 'old school' and shortly after my success chose to pack in agenting in order to spend more time with gin. Around this time I rekindled my early love of acting and decided to take a place at a top London drama college. There, as part of my training, I got to deconstruct the texts of great authors and playwrights in a practical environment; looking under the bonnet of some of the greatest stories ever written, pulling them apart and learning their secrets.
After attaining a drama degree I again began work as a writer (and occasional voiceover and actor). I wrote a short story called The Passenger. I wrote another called The Little Boy and the Sea and a children's book called Captain Clever. Then I started writing comedy, taking a sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe. From that came contacts in broadcasting and a series of sit com script commissions and a radio series.
And here I am, still writing. Still telling stories