Why I write

I write because I love stories. I love to read them. I love to hear them. I love to watch them. And most of all I love to tell them. It really is that simple.

As a boy I believed everything I saw and heard. Star Wars? Real. Flash Gordon? Practically a documentary. And Superman? Don’t get me started. I still have the scars from the failed flights!

The naivety disappeared as I grew older, but the love of stories remained. Books. Comics. Movies. I devoured them all. And I began to write.

I began with short stories, written for a succession of English teachers, but they were always a hobby. I did not know how to turn it into something more, and so I trained for another career based around storytelling. I became a criminal barrister.

The life of a trial lawyer has many overlaps with the life of a writer. Many differences too, of course. But the core is the same; the story is, ultimately, everything. As a writer you have to take your readers with you. You have to make your story clear and compelling. And as a criminal barrister you have to do the same with your jury.

I was a barrister for fifteen years. I still am; it is a profession I love and of which I am privileged to be a part. In that time I have defended hundreds of trials. Told hundreds of ‘stories’. And for perhaps a decade that was enough.

It did not stay that way. Over the years the urge to write – to tell an original story of my own – became stronger and stronger. My notebooks longer and longer. My list of ‘projects I want to write’ just kept growing and finally they just had to come out.

I began to write, and since that day I have not stopped. Books. Short Stories. Movie scripts. TV shows. The tales I have wanted to tell for years, and many more.

To see these stories now come alive has been as fulfilling as anything in my life. And to now have the opportunity to write professionally – to tell these stories to other book lovers and other movie lovers – is an enormous privilege.

I recommend it to anyone and everyone who has ever thought that they might ‘have a book in them’.