David is a hopeless dreamer—in that he is very good at it. It’s very fortunate then that he is also an INFP. He enjoys nothing more than reading and making up stories, and trying to disappear somewhere (so he can read and make up stories). In this respect he hasn’t really changed since he was a child in ’80s West Midlands suburbia. (Although he is glad his fashion sense has moved on.)
As a young boy he created a series of comics about an alien called Chester who got stranded on Earth. Sometimes he thinks he and Chester switched places one long summer. And that’s why he writes stories now—to find a place here somewhere, to belong, and perhaps one day return home.
He enjoys poetry but isn’t very good at writing it. That’s probably why his prose can seem rather inappropriately elaborate at times. He’s really a frustrated poet with a T.S. Eliot fixation. Sometimes he thinks he ‘should have been a pair of ragged claws/Scuttling across the floors of silent seas’.
He’s spiritual, not religious; nostalgic, not stuck in the past; Libran, but not always well-balanced; he tries to remain hopeful, but he’s not optimistic about it.
As a twenty-something he wanted to be a writer. But he said bye-bye to the writing and capped his pen for reasons too difficult to discuss on an About page on his blog (and also his memory of those years are a bit flakey). He’s a good problem solver if only he had the patience. He dislikes the politics and machinations of corporate life. He got trapped in its concentric circles for twenty years, settling in the circle reserved for middle-managers, before escaping. He is now studying for a degree in Creative Writing and English Literature while perpetually working on his first novel.
When he’s not studying, reading, and writing, he’s busy being a father to two children (11 and 6), and a husband to an ever patient wife (age not disclosed); when he’s not doing that he’s probably drinking too much red wine, trying to fight the urge to take up smoking again, listening to music (usually David Bowie; his favourite album is Station to Station, and thinks Blackstar was an amazing parting gift, but still finds it painful to listen to), and of course dreaming up more stories.
One day he hopes to update this page and tell you about all the books he’s written and published.