I was born in the 1950’s and brought up in Derby in the 1960’s. I joined the Military in the 1970’s and spent 14 years serving with the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Tours of duty followed in, Lichfield, Colchester, Germany (BAOR), Belize, Northern Ireland Newry and South Armagh, (Op banner), Cyprus UN, Northern Ireland Belfast (Op banner), Warminster, Cambridge and the USA. I toured the Caribbean on board HMS Nottingham as a bugler during the Queen’s tour. Whilst serving in the army I started writing and drawing cartoons as a hobby, submitting my cartoons to National Newspapers/magazines worldwide. Having some success spurred me on to make a career out of writing and drawing cartoons. In 1982 I became a member of the cartoonist club of Great Britain. And later some of my cartoons appeared on TV as part of Comic relief. After leaving the Army in 1988, I started a publishing company together with a friend and fellow cartoonist and we had immediate success with Smut the alternative comic, Cartoon Monthly, The scam and ACNE children’s comic, all national Publications. Sadly, the success didn’t last forever with the introduction of Lads Magazines and the internet. Adult Comics and Children’s comics were on the decline, so in 2000 I got a full-time job as a night security guard. Working nights gave me the chance to start all sorts of different projects. I started writing sitcoms, stage plays, creating greeting cards, children’s books and board games. I had some success with greeting cards and sold one of my stage plays, but I really wanted to build up a portfolio of a variety of stuff. In 2006 I decided to go back into publishing and with a lifelong friend formed a company and called it Comic football Ltd which is still going today. We write and draw cartoons and Classic strips and publish comics for a large number of UK and international football teams including. Chelsea through Trinity Mirror, Manchester City, Newcastle Utd, Aston Villa, Fulham, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland and many more. Even though I enjoyed working for footy clubs and still do, I felt I needed to do something else. Now with the digital age upon us and the internet giving us the opportunity to self- publish I started writing books. And from the time I made the decision I’ve never looked back. The only advice I got was from a fellow writer, my wife Elaine Ward ‘the rock.’ I said to her, ‘what the hell do I write about?’ ‘She said ‘Write about what you know,’ so I did, and I’ve never looked back. I’m sure in a few years time I will get bored with writing and become a painter or something, who knows? But for now, I’m a writer and I’ve got lots of books in me yet. When I joined the army back in 1974 I couldn’t read or write and got in the Army by cheating on the entrance test! Fortunately, I met my wife and she took on the task of teaching me the basics. It just goes to show anything is possible. I believe we should record our memories for future generations to look back on. Either good, funny or bad! I hope I dig up some of yours. You’ll find mine hidden in my books. I wonder what they’ll think a 100 years from now. Thanks for your time.