My Life as a writer
When did you first realise you wanted to write for a living?
I have been making up stories ever since I could hold a pen, but I didn’t realise people could be paid for doing it. That realisation came much later. I was obsessed with action cinema growing up, and reading an article in Empire magazine about Shane Black – not to mention the eye watering sums he was paid for his scripts – really solidified “writer” as a job in my mind. I realised much later than I should have that people were paid for all kinds of writing, but film and TV were all I cared about.
Which writer, past or present, do you most admire?
It changes all the time. At the moment, William Goldman. The Princess Bride is basically a perfect film, not to mention Butch Cassidy, Marathon Man, All The President’s Men… Phenomenal hit rate.
What was your first published (or performed) credit as a writer?
My short film Empty Nest won a screenplay contest which included a ‘performance’ of the script as part of the prize.
It was a small achievement but I was incredibly proud.
Which piece of writing work are you most proud of?
I always feel that my current work is my best work. I am developing a sitcom pilot at the moment that I am in love with. Having said that, my first ever screenplay Sam and Dog felt like a huge achievement at the time.
Who or what inspires you to write?
A desire to be heard/need for attention mostly!
How do you switch off when you’re not writing?
I have three children so I am kept busy, but I am never far away from thinking about story.
Which one piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write as much as possible. It doesn’t come easy.
Why are you a member of WGGB?
To be a part of something important, and network with like-minded individuals.
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