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John Tompkins

Leicester, United Kingdom


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I started writing books about 6 years ago, although I did write some short
stories as long ago as the 1970s.

I was the editor of the laboratory Newsletter "Bugs" for Public Health
Laboratory Service - Leicester, it had a circulation of approximately 80
copies and I have been published in several magazines - Open Canoe
sailing Group's 'Gossip', Dinghy Cruising Association's 'Journal', H & E
monthly, The Canoeist and Emag 'Duckworks'. I have a Blog which I try to
update at least once a week - - it is a photo-
diary of my walks, with dog, around Leicestershire and further afield.

I've been involved in outdoor pursuits since the age of 5 years but about six
years ago I injured my back, so I have to take it easy now.

It was because of my enforced slowing down, that I started thinking about
writing. My first book "The Curse of the Sin Eater" flowed from just one small
idea and a question.

I have, what might be called, an OCD. I cant write a story on paper because
if I make a mistake, I have to start that page again. I cant concentrate on a
page with crossings out. So the Computer/word processor has been a boon.

I use a pen name because my own name, when typed into Google, returns
nearly a million hits - the vast majority are nothing to do with me.

Interests: Writing, wildlife photography, canoeing, sailing, wilderness survival, motorcycling

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • The Curse of the Sin Eater
  • The Remarkable Couple
  • Excalibur\'s Last Battle
  • Ramblin Jack\'s Bawdy Tales
  • The Unremarkable Couple
  • Nonfiction

  • The Riddle of the Sandbar