A born and bred Londoner, happily settled in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk. I love music. Since I was 6 , when I started to learn the piano, this love has stayed with me.
At 3.a.m. when you just have to write, then music is the key. Along with a large ginger cat, a 12 year old Maine Coone, who allows me to use my computer, the desk, the house.You know.
So now I try to look knowledgeable when people talk about horses, the sales (more horses) and the country surrounding us.
But my background is in theatre. I started in opera as a lowly Assistant Stage Manager. What a dream. Serenaded at 10.30 each morning by world class singers 8 years later I diverted to straight theatre, and worked with Peter O'Toole, Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, and a long list of amazing people. In 1981 I was given the chance to Stage Manage the Rudolf Nureyev seasons. It was a roller coaster of 5 years of ballet with Rudi. Dave Allen was a completely unexpected opportunity. This followed two tours with Peter O'Toole. I was star struck. I don't believe that any of us old theatre folk lose the ability to feel very nervous in front of a dressing room door containing one of our heroes.
I am very proud to have an event for the National Trust on my resume. It aaas for their centenary at West Wycombe, and it was, "The Battle of Trafalgar". I wrote and directed this, and felt very proud that I was the first person to be commissioned to create an event for them. This was 1995. More events followed, then in 2004 either I had had enough of events or they of me, and writing called. I have bee lucky enough to attend the Edinburgh International Literature Festival and a book signing in Cannes, France, and many others.
I have written two biographies. My motivation Mr de Mille? I knew them, worked with them, and though not by any means an academic Biographer, I knew I had a lot of insight to offer. Maybe the next one will be backstage tales, and there are a few of them. Hollywood starlets who cannot cope with 150 year old London dressing rooms, to wannabees who can't go on because their nail polish wasn't dry. I wonder how many volumes?
But my work in progress has to come next. It is my biography on Peter O'Toole, 'Hell Raiser'.
I am about to start Donna Tarts' Goldfinch,' and I can't wait.
So love of reading has to come next, or equally. How can you write without reading?