My professional background has been 18 years in the IT industry, which gave me a lot of time to wish I was doing something else. 🙂
I’ve been writing since I was about 9 years old. I wrote several short stories during school and co-wrote a couple of sci-fi adventure novels between the ages of 14 and 16. Fortunately, none of those stories saw the light of day.
At the age of 18 I finally decided that I really wanted to write my short stories and novels “properly”, although I had no idea what “properly” was, and around 2006 I finally finished the first draft of a novel, PsiSchool (alternate history SFF), which I thought was wonderful.
It wasn’t. How I found that out is a story in itself.
About 3 years or so ago, I decided that I would start finishing novels and short stories which I’d started over the previous 22 years.
So I started reading about writing, and listening to podcasts like Writing Excuses. It was then that I found out I knew precisely jack about the craft and industry of which I was trying to become a part.
I dedicated the next two years to a self-imposed apprenticeship.
Since when, I have taken an axe to PsiSchool (now heading to second draft), “won” NaNoWriMo, completed the first draft of that novel (Gods’ Given – contemporary alternate earth SFF), and start the first draft of a third (Leaving Earth – hard SF).
Last year, I became a freelance writer & editor which just about pays the bills, and has freed me from IT.
These days I’m all over the interwebz where I talk about all kinds of stuff, opining on writing and the publishing industry, how IT relates to writers, and even giving advice on the stuff I’ve learned about the craft. Oh, I sometimes say stuff about science, scepticism and being an atheist.
Feel free to follow what I’m saying, but I’m not shy in my opinion, so be warned.