|Hello. My name is Hugh,
and I live in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
I have always enjoyed writing and the fact I suffer from a mild form of dyslexia has not stopped me. Yes, I get things wrong with my reading and writing but I always find those mistakes humorous and always laugh about it. I no longer allow dyslexia get in my way. Now in my fifties, I thought it about time I let my writing become public and becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for me to do this.
I share my life with my civil-partner, John and our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby, who I both cherish with all my heart. I have a very positive outlook on life.
I started writing short stories at school but was never encouraged to continue writing them. Then, many years later, I discovered blogging and wrote and published several short stories on my blog. They soon became hits and I was encouraged to publish some of the stories in a book. Now, finally, my dream of becoming a published author has come true with the publication of 'Glimpses' the first volume of 28 of my short stories. If, like me, you enjoy shows such as The Twilight Zone, Tales Of The Unexpected, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Dark Side, then my short stories will hopefully take you on plenty of twists and turns to unexpected endings.
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I've always considered myself as a peoples' person and I love to hear from anyone. Please do feel free to contact me.
1. Are you working on another book?
Yes. I am currently putting together a second volume of my short stories. I hope to publish it in December 2017.
2. What is your preferred genre?
Science Fiction, especially anything that is time-travel related.
3. What do you love most about writing in your genre?
As a short story writer, I write in several genres. However, I also like to mix genres up and include a couple in some of my short stories.
4. What is your writing style?
I’ve been told that some of my best writing is when I write from the first person point of view. However, I’m also growing to enjoy writing from a narrative point of view.
5. What gives you inspiration for your books?
I’ve found that by participating in writing challenges, they really inspire me and help get my imagination working. I often look at some writing challenges and think that I won’t come up with anything, but I’ve surprised myself.
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite?
A character by the name of Amy Lushwick. She appears in a short story entitled ‘Lipstick.’ Not a story for the faint-hearted or those who wear lipstick.
7. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
I’m currently writing a story about a father who is homophobic and finds out his only son is gay. Although I would try and change the father’s mind about his homophobia, he’d probably be somebody I would never get along with.
8. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced by becoming a writer?
Overcoming being dyslexic. For far too long, I allowed the condition to stop me from writing. Then I discovered the world of blogging. The rest, as they say, is history.
9. What has been the best compliment?
Being told that my short stories remind people of one of my all-time favourite TV shows, ‘The Twilight Zone’ and being compared to its creator, Rod Serling.
10. Tell us a little about your plans for the future?
I am writing another volume of short stories for my ‘Glimpses’ collection, which I hope to publish in December 2017. I will continue to write on my blog and am planning on entering more short story writing competitions. I’m also looking to contribute stories towards some anthology collections. I do have a full-length novel in progress which I’d like to continue writing, but only after my next volume of short stories is ready for publication.
Read an interview with Hugh on Judith Barrow's Blog