As a child I loved writing creatively and recall my first story I wrote being 126 pages long called 'Danger on the Island of Horror'. I also created comic books with my big brother Gary and one of those comic strips 'The Packet Family' I made into a story. Of course neither of those stories made it into print and I left school and hit Skivvy Street taking up work.
Into my twenties I did still write for my own recreation keeping detailed notes (in all it was a book in itself) on the football team I supported - Coventry City. I was also a great fan of The Grand National and have details written on every Grand National from 1983 to 2008 with details of every runner, rider, where they finished or failed to and lots more and still have these notes. Again neither of those I attempted to get into print.
It was as I reached middle age and began running The Original On The Buses Forum in 2006 that got me interested in writing a book about On The Buses - my favourite sitcom. There were, incredibly, no books about the great British sitcom and so set about setting that straight in 2008, with encouragement and useful tips from author Kevin Snelgrove I set about writing my first book On The Buses: The Complete Story which was published by Apex Publishing Limited and launched at The London Transport Museum, Covent Garden on the 3rd of October 2009 with great support in attendance in the form of the late Ronnie Wolfe, Rose Wolfe, the late Hal Dyer, Cheryl Hall, Avril Gaynor, Olivia Breeze and Patricia Clapton.
Apex Publishing Limited were also behind my second publication in May 2012 as The On The Buses Quiz Book was released as an E-book. It contain 1,000 questions about the hit sitcom and was written at a time when I was also writing my latest book which I will come to later