An introduction for would-be reporters, copywriters, novelists, or anyone with a yen to write – a little primer full of tips and hints delivered with easy humour that ensures you won't forget them in a hurry. Written by a former newspaper editor-turned-author for the school-leaver, graduate, career-changer, or inveterate dreamer. Easy to follow, easy to remember. And not mired in endless, boring technicalities. Part two of The Little Primer.
Frank Rawlins is a former journalist born in Lincolnshire, England, and now living near Oxford. He edited two provincial newspapers before becoming a freelance writer and editor.
Some years later he realised an ambition by venturing into garden design. He combined the two enterprises for a while, until the gardener was overcome by a resurgent writing bug.
He has written a book a year from 2007 onwards - each very different from the previous one. After four novels he turned to non-fiction, and wrote a travelogue - 'actually, more of a new beast, the holidaylogue'.
Holiday Of A Lifetime ... Never Again! was released in the summer of 2011, marking the 100th anniversary of the 'rediscovery' of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu. It has sold particularly well as an ebook, regularly appearing among the top-sellers in Kindle's Travel & Holiday section.
This modest success prompted Frank to write A Lifetime Of Holidays ... Part One.
Yes, it will be a trilogy eventually.
His latest works are L For Literature and B For Broca's Area, the first two parts of a 'little primer' aimed at would-be journalists, novelists, or 'pencilheads' - people who just love to write. The final part is due in the spring of 2013.
Frank was born and raised in the same Lincolnshire town as Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse novels. And as he still lives on the same manor as Colin, he 'just had to have a crack' at creating his own Oxford crime-fighter.
'Morse he ain't,' said Frank, 'but I think Norm is just as entertaining in his own way.'
Frank describes his writing style as serious-funny. Or sometimes funny-serious. You'll find both in generous measures in The Trouble With Money (The Diary Of A Lottery Winner), his most successful novel - so far.
Find out more at frankrawlins.co.uk.