I am 60 years of age and have been a widower for 6 years. When I left school I worked for a short while in the coalmines before joining the Marchant Navy for a few years. After the Merchant Navy, I took up Marine Sandblasting and travelled all of the world for almost thirty years doing this work.
I am now a Sandblasting and Marine supervisor, but don't travel anymore, not since my wife died. I now work on my local river, the River Tyne in the Northeast of England.
I am from a family of seven brothers and three sisters. I have two sons and seven grandchildren.
I have always told stories to the children; it was only when my wife died that I bought myself a computer to fill in my spare time at nights. I taught myself how to use it. After I learned how to switch it on, I started to type out stories and found out that I could put stories into print very easily. I gave them out to the granchildren, and before long I was printing copies off for all their friends.
Now I enjoy it very much, and it gives me great satisfaction when the children ask "Have you anymore stories Granddad?"