I'm new to this site and new to writing. I've just had my debut novel 'Century of Jihad', a contemporary action thriller published. I served in the UK Armed Forces and Police for a total of 22 years and as a result lived overseas for a number of years - which was good as I like to travel. After my life in uniform I worked in several areas including a college in Oxford. I'm now in my 50's and deriving little satisfaction from employment opportunities I decided to try my hand at writing - something I had always wanted to do but couldn't find the time.
To be honest I've found my new career gets me out of the rat race but it still presents its own problems. You have to be disciplined - figure out the work routine that works best for you. I've used my own experiences to inform my writing. At my age I don't find things so black and white any more. Getting your book published the conventional way is almost impossible. Self publishing is the way forward. Promoting a book is hard work. I would be happy to answer any specific questions.
Last edited by John Mannion; 30-06-2011 at 09:55.