My grandfather was a playwright and died when i was 5 years old...My father never encouraged me to write or my mother...yet my favorite pastime as a kid was telling stories and escaping into my own make believe world. A world where I was in control and safe....
For years, I would watch others and make up stories in my head about them, but never wrote them down. I had no mentor growing up in Ireland.
I often wonder if someone had taken an interest in me earlier what might have happened.
Then about 12 years ago, I was in a minor auto accident, (working too much) so i decided to take about 5 weeks of. During that time, I thought about my grandfather and his plays...long story short I just decided to write and write anything, nothing, and everything. It was so easy because it was a natural gift...you either have it or you don’t :0)
Like most writers, I wrote about my past and once that was healed and dealt with, I began to write in the present. I can honestly say I am not influenced by any other writer, while I admire many of them. All my work is my own...besides the world does not need another Dickens, Tom Clancy, or Joyce it needs an original you and me!
Thanks for asking the question