I live in Cheshire, England, and started writing as soon as I could jab a pencil at a piece of paper. Once I got past using binary characters, I wrote my first proper story about a huge tsunami hitting my primary school (ahead of my time, I know!), which was imaginative given that we lived 30 miles inland. I killed off the headmaster's daughter at the end, while saving family and friends, which of course led to my first bad review.
I wrote my first novel in my late twenties - a rites of passage type of thing - and it was terrible. After that I wrote the opening to a Chandleresque detective story transposed to Northern England but gave up after seven chapters. Then I got married, had a family and didn't write another creative word for twelve years.
My return to writing was a story for my children - 'Warwick The Wanderer and the Battle of the Bands' - and this will soon be my second book published through Amazon.
After another lean period, I went back to my detective story, re-wrote the opening, got some invaluable feedback from the Authonomy community and spent a year completing the full manuscript. And so it came to pass that 'Weekend in Weighton' was finally published. Hope you enjoy it.
Oh, one more thing, it's been emotional!
Interviews with Terry Murphy
* Bookbag interview (29 Mar 2012).
* Zigzag Timeline interview (20 July 2012).