Enjoy the interview.
Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Onwards and Upwards'?
I am a 67-year-old retired industry-marketing director, residing in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. I have been married to my wife Pat for 42 years. We have two children and four grandchildren. I grew up in the Cheshire village of Bosley and following an engineering apprenticeship and a brief spell in the Merchant Navy, I joined the James Walker Group as a technical sales representative, this was the beginning of a forty-year career.
My second book 'Onwards and Upwards' is a sequel to my memoirs 'Funny How Things Work Out', containing more humour from various facets of my life, it also includes other subjects and my opinions about modern day life compared with 60 years ago.
Travel is very important to me, therefore I've included details of my most memorable trips. I have written about some very interesting people, who for various reasons have enriched my life and I have highlighted my experiences of becoming a retiree.
Q2. When you write what emotion do you seek to invoke in your readers?
I enjoy making people laugh by relating true-life stories therefore happiness is number one, closely followed by excitement, enjoyment and surprise.
Q3. Why did you decide to begin writing? What sparked the desire to pen your first book?
Having had a reputation for being there when things go wrong and getting involved in hilarious situations, I was encouraged by a couple of work colleagues to record the details in my memoirs.