I have enjoyed writing since the age of 8 when I reached the pinnacle of fame by having a poem published in the school magazine. I am mortified to admit that I still remember the first verse - but not the second. Fortunately nobody else remembers any of it. After leaving school I wrote freelance technical articles for sailing magazines, my main hobby at the time, and short stories for teenage/women's magazines. This was simply a hobby as my parents were anxious for me to spend my time earning enough to pay a mortgage so I became an accountant and worked in that field for 32 years. I am now semi-retired having inadvertently sat on the company ejector seat but have my first book published, which is a development of pieces I had been writing for a dog club magazine for ten years. I have now completed my first novel and the second is well into the planning stages.