When I was younger I was involved with gangs and a criminal lifestyle. When I received 37 years to life for 2nd degree murder I wanted to write a book to help prevent people from following in my footsteps.
I needed a passion to replace racing. I had written magazine articles in the past and wanted to try and capture in words an era of racing and people I enjoy.
I think at its most basic it comes down to a desire to entertain. Telling stories, making stuff up and creating worlds for my characters, is a way of doing this that doesn't require me to stand up in front of other people and perform (which I've also done a fair bit of).
I’d like to say I’ve always been a writer. As a child, I would create entire stories in my mind while swimming in our pool. I’d act them out. In my teenage years, I wrote poetry and short stories, and by the time I was thirty, I decided to sit down and write my first
My adolescent years were lonely, and I felt utterly bored with the world. I didn’t like to deal with drama the other girls my age did. I just wanted to feel something special and unique about life that I could share with others. I wanted to help others open their minds to see the world
I was amazed at the experiences of T.E. Lawrence, more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia. I couldn't believe how someone was able to become a writer based on his experiences and put pen to paper. His passion for becoming an author inspired me to write.
I started writing little stories as a young child and just kept on creating them as I grew older.
Starting with my earliest memories, I was making up stories. I grew up with tea times where the neighbors would gather. Everyone would share stories and consume large amounts of tea and crumpets. I'm sure wanting to be a part of that story telling helped me along the path of becoming a writer.
There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made me decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia, I watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first