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A little about myself ... I'm from the UK, born in Yorkshire. My family have always been miners and I am very proud of my heritage. Family is important to me and I'm a gay man with kids as I was once married, though I'm now with the most wonderful man. Best of all I have a smattering of grandkids.

A few years ago, my daughter challenged me to write down the stories I told the kids every night. That started the writing of a 200-page book that was never published, since then I have those niggling 'What if?' moments which prompted me to try posting these stories online.

Storytelling comes from my Grandparents as I loved bedtimes when granddad was alive and I still remember the poems written by his wife, my Grandma. Imagine the scene though, this massive miner would lie on the bed with us kids and moments later we would be drawn into these magical worlds he created as he told the stories. I guess it stuck.

Stories by UKWriter