Tom left school in 1967, and in 1969 (age 17) he joined the British Army and served 23 years, completing his service in 1992. A career in Retail was next, which lasted for 25 years.
Since 2007 Tom has had several ‘Letter of the Week’ pieces published, six times winning prizes in magazines. He has won two short story competitions, had six short stories published in anthologies and another published on a ‘talking book’ CD. The audio CD anthology was specifically produced for the visually impaired.
In 2011 Tom attempted the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. He wrote a novel of 56,000 words in 29 days. It was titled ‘Hawk’ and was loosely based on a series of 35 poems of the same name.
This all became the basis for the popular Beyond The Law trilogy.
Since taking up creative writing, this author has set himself a working practice of having at least two projects in production simultaneously. In Tom’s opinion, it’s healthy to leave work aside for several weeks between drafts. Since 2014 he has continued to produce novels and anthologies of short stories.
Typically, one month will be spent on a novel and the next month on short stories.
As any creative writer would recognise, their quality of work improves over time, due in part to experience, and in no small way to input via reviews, reading widely, suggestions, and studying the writing craft.
Tom takes great satisfaction in helping fellow authors either in the early stage of their careers or with an issue which needs an outside opinion. He is one of three authors who were responsible for the restructuring of the Indie Author Support & Discussion group’s website.