After a glittering career as a celebrated novelist…
...in a past life, my writing career in this life started on an industrial estate in Gloucester.
Here in a dingy office, shared with a debt-collection firm, and rats, I wrote copy for Superdry.
They made for unpleasant company. But the rats were ok.
It wasn't always as glamorous as it sounds, but I did learn about craft. And that I loved writing.
Over the next few years, I wrote as a newspaper correspondent.
Then as a copywriter for a marketing agency.
And as the wallpaper peeled around me, and the rats and I got onto first name terms - I dreamed of somewhere more exotic...
...so I wrote an application for Watford.
It was there that I learnt the power of great ideas. And that there's a town out there that's every bit as exotic as Gloucester.
Now, having written campaigns at Fallon and CHI, and submitted Drama and Comedy teleplays for BBC Writersroom - I'm freelancing at London agencies.
And still flexible on their vermin situation.