Jan Toms

Jan Toms

At some point I have been involved in every aspect of writing - fact and fiction, biography, ghost writing, short stories, articles, novels and more. Writing and research is what gets me out of bed in the mornings.

A passion for history has introduced me to hundreds of people I might never have met, English Civil War soldiers, 18th century prize fighters, Victorian novelists, the good, the bad and the not so perfect.

Human Rights, animal welfare, care for the world around us all motivate me to be involved. Humour, friends and family help to keep me sane. All in all, I am a very fortunate being.


Jan Toms in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1949 On the Isle of Wight where I was born

What do you love about short stories?

It calls for additional skill to say so much with so few words

Do you write in other forms?

Novels, biography, articles

What distracts you from writing?

Family and friends, exploring the countryside

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Collecting things - two object means I have started a collection.

What is your favourite book?

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Who are your favourite writers?

Henning Mankell, Nora Lofts and Peter Ackroyd

Where is your dream location?

Where I am in the Isle of Wight

What one item would you put into Room 101?

Racial Prejudice

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Join a writing group - writing is a craft, you might have a flair for it but advice from experienced people can only help.

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