I have always been interested in people; the psychology of what makes us sapiens tick. My fascination with the workings of the human mind and its influence on emotions and actions has led me to write cross genre novels: a mix of suspense, psychological, historical, medical, romance and contemporary fiction.
My earliest recollection of putting pen to paper was in an English class. I was 11 years of age.
Following a classroom discussion about the First World War, the teacher had asked us all to write a poem. I remember the feeling of excitement as I so easily found that I was able to generate emotions, imagine events and conjure words from the ether.
The effervescent personal feedback from the teacher was motivational. It has been the foundation which inspired my longings to write and revel in words ever since. I have written reams of poetry, several short stories – for children and young adults – and novels.
I love setting sail on a voyage of words across the turbulent surface of the page.
Of course there are more tales to tell, but I should leave you to read and explore the imaginary and sensory glimpses of places around the world and let you walk in the shoes and heartbeats of the characters. And if you do travel with them, alongside the pace of the stories, you'll also have time to catch your breath and experience a whole new world between the pages.
Meanwhile, if you're a writer: Write until your heart bleeds.
I like to travel, too. There's something about being on a journey, meeting the new, the unexpected, the serendipity of help from others, which stirs my soul. As a writer, the world and all of its corners are within my reach. When ink from my fountain pen touches paper, when typed words flow from my keyboard to the screen; new life with all of its lightness and darkness is laid bare.
There are many characters in my world, some from the past, some from the present, and some, yet to be born. Take Claire Yohanus and Tom Abimelech; I dedicated my first book to them, for without their courage and testimony, Blood Relationships could not have been written. She is a reporter and he, a trainee catholic priest. What they are about to find out will break your heart. But when you're faced with the unimaginable; there is no turning back.
Then there is Kate... Kate Bevoir, she's a fellow writer. We doubled up and wrote The Lying Truth. I really like her. She's a fighter. Well, she had to be. What she went through... I mean how on earth do you cope with a husband, his name is Niall, by the way, who changes and sets out to tear your life apart? What people will do for love... well, I will let Kate tell you. She's a better writer than me.
For an absolute breath of fresh air away from London,join Roz Summersas she battles her way across Sierra Leone.
Oh, I mustn't forget little Ben, he had such a tragic start, his mother died in childbirth. Luckily, Karma nudged Death and Hope into action and at the age of seven, Ben's dreams began. If truth is to be told, and I suppose I should say it now, that is how Ben met a dancer, whom he still proudly proclaims is: "My Dream Mother."
Copyright 2017 Philip A Oldfield - Author of cross genre psychological thrillers and romantic comedies, all with strong female protagonists
Exeter, Devon, England. All rights reserved.