James the writer


The full first draft of my first novel, "Prince on a Red Dragon"

I've been writing for most of my life.  During my second year at secondary school there was a short story competition.  Stories were to be between 1000 and 2000 words, which sounded an awful lot to me, so without bothering to count an average page, I set to work.  When I had written the introductory chapters I decided to count and see how much I had left to write.  I had written 16000 words!  Naturally I didn't get the prize, but I think my English teacher was impressed.

In my teens and early twenties I was an active member of the Stockport Writers' Circle, which had then, and I believe still has, quite a reputation for quality.

During the next few years I did a deal of translation work, but in 2003 I took a course in screen-writing, after which I wrote three screenplays.  In 2008 I changed medium to novels, of which I now have two finished and published.  I've also been experimenting with short stories again.

Unfortunately I can only really concentrate on my writing during the winter months, as I'm heavily involved in the garden and with building maintenance during the summer months.

© James Wilde 2015