Ian Cassidy was born in Staffordshire just as the 'swinging sixties' became the austere, strike-ridden seventies. He went to school in Walsall, where he still lives. He studied law in London but hated being a barrister so he tried teaching law at a local university. Needless to say he hated that as well and so he tried his hand at string of jobs including painting and decorating, bookmaking, restoring antique furniture & paintings and stocktaking for a beer tap manufacturer. He now teaches law privately and writes.
Ian Cassidy in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1980 Lichfield.
What do you love about short stories?The possibilities and the potential, they can be both complete in themselves and the launch pad for a lot more.
Do you write in other forms?Novels.
What distracts you from writing?Too many things.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Horse racing, antiques.
What is your favourite book?Far From the Madding Crowd.
Who are your favourite writers?Thomas Hardy, Kate Atkinson and Hilary Mantel.
Where is your dream location?Paris.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Mobile telephones.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Write, write and write, keep trying, experimenting and learning.
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