John L Blenkinsop is a latecomer to publishing, although over the many years since he first saw the light of day he has written fiction - for friends, for theatre groups and for fun. Never before for profit.
Well, you say 'profit'; but it's never going to be enough for him to be able to give up his day job. JB writes programs for computers. Nobody knows whether the computers enjoy them. But since the owners of the computers pay him, JB is quite happy not knowing. Writing for computers is something he finds easy to do.
Creative writing is different. Writing for humans is hard work, and it is paid for mostly with appreciation. Writers want to evoke emotional and intelligent responses from their readers. We want to make you smile, chuckle, laugh out loud and embarrass yourself in front of other people. And we want you to choke back a sob when a character comes up against the realities of life, or of death.
John grew up in the north-east of England, where his grandmother taught him the King's English. This proved to be a problem at school, where everyone else talked the Queen's Geordie. You no doubt know that being different in a school environment can often bring unwelcome attention. Some respond to this with violence, others by withdrawal. JB responded with humour, and it's hoped that this humour shows through in his writing.