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Location: Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, Spain

Member Since: April 2015

Last online: October 2019

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At the age of 15 in 1955 I went to sea as a midshipman, and travelled the world including some remote islands such as the Galapagos and Pitcairns. When I came ashore London was in the grip of the swinging 60's and I made my living as a singer guitarist and met many of the people who went on to become household names such as Diz Disley, Billy Conelly and Gerry Rafferty, Paul Simon,Elton John and many others.  My music agent got me an equity card and I did a lot of film and TV extra work. One day while working as an extra, the main actor was supposed to grab me by the throat and throw me to the ground. Instead he but a choker hold on me, unfortunately for him I was fully trained in unarmed combat and threw him over my shoulder. The Director was not best pleased, but the Stunt Co-ordinator drew me to one side and asked me where I had learnt the move. When I told him, I joined his stunt team an worked on many shows like Moonstrike and Z cars, plus several films including 'The thin red line', with Kerin Moore in Spain.  Most summers I headed for the coast and worked as a Life Guard on a beach or racing some rich mans yacht for about £7.50 a week.  One day I salvaged an anchor and was asked to lay some mooring for the local boatyard. He paid me £400 and I realised that diving paid better than singing so I became one of only 200 registered commercial divers working in the UK. In 1966 the Offshore Oil Industry required divers and for the next 40 years I travelled the world, and dived up to 750feet and did saturation dives that lasted over 43 days. During that time I worked and lived in 38 different countries as far apart as Borneo and Brazil, Norway and South Africa, most of the Middle East and the Carribean. I started writing in 1974 during an exceptionally long 43 day saturation dive. Having read every book on the rig, I decided to write my own. It was in long hand, ran to 100,000 words and was a load of rubbish. When came a shore, a close friend Benita Brown suggested we both join the Kartherine Cookson northern writers.  I had some early success selling 3 plays for TV and writing articles for local papers. However, divorce, the pressure of work and the amount of travelling I was doing did not give me a lot of chance to seek publication though I continued to write for my own pleasure. I retired to Majorca in 2010 and was asked to start a creative writers circle; the sheer enthusiam of my members gave me the urge to look at some of my old work again. Since then I have published 8 books. 'Dead Men' was originally written in 1975 and has lain untouched until I re-worked it and published it through the UK Arts council. The is a story based around three real events. While diving off Bahrain in 72, my whole dive crew were arrested and spent the night in jail after causing mayhem in the Speedbird hotel. I had worked closely with BM&D divers and the third event occurred while living in Cyprus, Two Mossad agents killed three PLO men on a yacht in Larnaca Marina.  'Transported for Life' was originally the first part of a triglogy dealing with the first Transportation fleet of prisoners to Australia. It should have been finished in time for the 150th anniversary, but a heavy workload meant I took my eye off the ball, and again it lay untouched for years. Aphroditi's Isle is a modern romance based in Cyprus and London. Can a woman really find true love on a holiday island or is it all just sun sea sand and sex? Jane Walters thinks she has found the manof her dreams, is she right, or is it all a figment of her imagination and her esire to find true love.Annabel Lost to the sea Book 1. Orphaned, Apprenticed, Pressed and Prized. Is the story of Fishermans son James Johnson who is orphaned whenhis entire family are drowned. Taken in by the church and educated he is Apprenticed to a ocal shipping master. He rises quickly but falls foul of the owners nephew who sees him as a rival for the captain's daughter Annabel. He hire a highwayman to murder him but the man sees more profit in selling him to the pressgang. We follow his trials tribulations and triumphs as he struggles to cope with the harsh life 'Before the mast' on a merchant brig and later, 'below decks' on a naval sloop of war. Lost to the sea Book 2. Letter of Marque. James is now a Capatain in his own right and bearing a 'Letter of Marque' signed by the Duke of Northumberland, he sets out to rescue his old captain and crew who he believes are being help captive by pirates in the Azores. By offering shares in the spoils he raises enough money to buy the prize brig Etoil and arm her with cannon from the Dukes castle. With Charles as his first mate and Rupert in command of 200 troopers from the Dukes Regiment of Borders he sets out to enhance his own fortune and that of his backers by capturing the pirates treasure. En route he becomes involved in the naval assault on the port of Brest, and later, in the Government attempt to capture the French West African Colony of Senegal. Lost to the sea Book 3. A Colonial Venture. will be published early in 2015. A Fistful of strange tales; is a collection of short stories written over the last 35 years. I have placed it in sections to appeal to all taste. As writer it is very good to cover all genre so I split into four sections. A selection of strange tales; written in different styles. Village tales from my time in the village of Bowes in the Dales. Tales from my youth while living in the northeast. And finally those written just for fun. Terror Beset. The story of the lost arctic expedition to find the north west passage ahs always intrigued me. I first heard about if from the Folk Song, Lady Franklin's Lament. The sotry paralles the franklin tle when a group of modern explorers ebcome lost in arctic and find franklins old ship.  Writing has always been my way of relaxing; I find it so absorbing that everything else fades until I find myself totallty imersed with my characters and their lives. I also write for the local press, an recently had a two page spread about the Poppy Factory in Richmond Surrey published.Show Less





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