Michael Nye (English author of novels with a waterways backdrop)
My parents were originally going to call me Peter Michael, but on seeing me, neither thought the first name really suited, so they swapped them, and I became Michael Peter Nye on September 6th 1956. I have used the name for all my artwork and minor publications since graduating from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1981. I feel that it would be a little bit disloyal to Mum and Dad to use any other name.
When I was at school I tried writing about a somewhat curmudgeonly character I created called Clarence W. Warence. The stories were awful, but part of his essence reappears in the form of Dave Harris in the Mayfly books. Apart from that I published a small book of poetry (65 As Yet) when at Sunderland and did some of the illustrations for Janice's first published work “The Door” in the mid eighties. I was 54 when I started writing Mayfly, and had not written much before then. Now I find these characters stomping around in my head, so I've written a sequel to let everyone know what they are doing. Emily's Journey, the third book in the series, brings a lot of new characters into my headspace and, if I'm being honest, I'd rather miss them if they ever decided to go.