I have lived and breathed adventure stories since I was a child, from the exploits of wandering rabbits in Watership Down, through the Narnia books and Biggles, I have always been captivated by the wonderful worlds that great writers conjure.
As I grew up, I developed a taste for several authors but hit the jackpot the day I stumbled, quite by accident, on my first Dirk Pitt adventure. Nobody recommended Clive Cussler to me - I just spotted a good looking paperback cover one day whilst browsing in my local bookshop. Then to find that there were numerous other stories....and that Clive was still alive and writing more...wonderful! Added to the likes of Hammond Innes and Jack Higgins, I realised just how good adult fiction could be.
My first serious writing attempt came in my late teens, and took 2 years. Looking back now, it had some really nice touches but generally wasn't good enough to tempt a publisher (in the days long before Amazon and e-books). I learned a lot about the process of writing, however, which meant it wasn't a complete failure. Many years passed, with a large chunk of this time being spent providing for a growing family and moving through several jobs, including a spell as a corporate video writer/director. By this time I had pretty much given up on the dream of becoming a published author, in fact I could have papered a wall with the number of standard rejection letters I had received from literary agents by then, and for many of these years I gave no thought to writing anything else. I worked for the Probation Service, dealing with all types of offender before moving on to working with the victims of serious crime, or their relatives in cases of murder or manslaughter. I learned some valuable lessons about human frailty, and courage. Working with young offenders, and victims, led me eventually into teaching. I came to understand that catching children young enough to change behaviour was the key to keeping a lot of youngsters out of prison.
But I kept on writing, snatching moments here and there, and I have now written 7 thrillers, with two more in the pipeline for release in the summer and Christmas of 2017. I need to write, as much as want to. It is my passion to tell stories so I will keep going!
As for me personally, I love riding horses and motorcycles, can strum a guitar not too badly, sing fairly in key, enjoy being near water (but not particularly in it, which is apparently odd for a Pisces!), have kept German Shepherd dogs for years and I am a huge fan of a decently chilled Pinot Grigio to accompany fresh prawns and crab on a hot summer day....especially happy if it can be sampled while aboard a boat! I also enjoy the sports of rifle target shooting and clay pigeon shooting.
In terms of music, I have been a huge fan of Elvis Presley since first hearing his records played when I was about 10 years old but I love a wide range of music; from Garth Brooks, Duran Duran and UB40, through to the guitar genius of Eric Clapton, BB King and Hank Marvin, right up to the superb contemporary talents of Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and Adele.
I currently drive a Landrover; one of many 4x4 vehicles I've had over the years. I have never been too interested in sports cars, although I appreciate their lines and sleek profiles - I prefer the solid, rugged drive of a decent off-roader. I also enjoy travelling when I can. This usually means a family holiday somewhere hot but I have been known to venture into the chilly beauty of winter in Italy and Canada on occasions! At some point in the future, I am determined to ride Route 66 on a Harley and would also like to take the family on an RV drive around California...I guess I'd better sell a few books to pay for it!
Anyway, enough about me. I would love to hear your feedback on the writing so please join me on Twitter. My Twitter account is Rysamoke - in case you're interested, I've had three amazing German Sherherd dogs in my life so far (Rysa, Sam & Smokie) which is where the account name came from; pretty much merging the names together.
Thanks for taking the time to visit the website and for all your support by reading these ramblings...now back to the laptop!
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