I am married with three children, I was born and raised and still live in Oxford. In 2005 I was made disabled from an accident at work and I am now housebound and in a wheelchair.
I have taken that time at home, not to think of what has happened, but to continue with my writing.
I am a writer of different genres, but writes mainly horror and write under pseudonym of Robert H. Tempest. Within my writing I enjoy background research in not only the characters but locations (I spend time in areas my stories are set, to get a feel of the place) and subjects the characters are involved with (police work, medical, etc.).
I started writing, on a whim, just after the birth of my first son, with which I wrote a biography of my life for him when he was older.
With that completed I started my first story, Never Say Die, (Not yet published) a thriller set in the West Country of U.K. With it being my first story, I didn’t know how to lay out the story, how long a story had to be, etc. When it was completed (I thought) I looked to see about getting it published and found out where I was going wrong, and that for a novel it was too short, so I put the story on the shelf and for the next couple of years it was collecting dust.
With my next story, Blood Moon, a horror story, set on the Norfolk Broads, I went in with my eyes open, knew how long it was supposed to be and how to layout the story, so I took my time to get it right and when I thought I had finished it, sent it out to agents, but it was getting nowhere, agents either didn’t like it, or wasn’t what they were looking for, but instead of giving up, like I did with my first story, I carried on, sending it to nearly every agent in the book. But still no one was interested.
While I was looking for an agent, I had other stories to write, so I next wrote a screenplay called Entombed, for the late actress, Ingrid Pitt, who was looking for a twenty minute story for a trilogy she was planning to do. When I was nearly finished, her husband, Tony, contacted me to say there was a change of plans, as the backers now wanted a full feature. So I thought about it and filled out the story and came up with extra story lines and when finished, sent it to her and was then told the backers had changed their minds and now wanted to go with the original idea and I was left with an unwanted story.
Now after many years of wasting my time with agents and getting my stories touched up by a great editor, Roxane Christ, I even pulled down my first story Never Say Die, and brought it up to standard.
Still the agents didn’t want the stories and with encouragement from Roxane and my wife, I never gave up, and I am now uploading my stories to a website, www.offthebookshelf.com for people to buy in both eBook and paperback format.
In 2013, I left www.offthebookshelf.com and moved to CreateSpace, where I republished, Blood Moon, The Wheal Eliza Murder and the now finished sequel to Blood Moon, The Cursed Kiss. In 2015, my editor Roxane Christ asked me to help her out, as she was busy with work. She knew I wrote screenplays, from the ones I did along with Blood Moon and The Wheal Eliza Murder and asked me to adapt a novel written by one of her clients, into screenplay format, which I agreed to.
I enjoyed writing the three screenplays, so much that I decided to get my scripts out and put them out for producers to see and then write new stories.
Although I am mostly writing screenplays, I will still continue to write novels.