My wife recently asked me what I do. A tricky question. At various points in any given week, a stockbroker, financial advisor to start-up companies, and Charity Trustee. I co-own a pub company and a coffee company. I spend hours walking my dog around Wimbledon common and (slightly) fewer hours watching cricket at Lords and hacking around the golf courses of Sussex. However, what I enjoy most is reading and writing books, and particularly hearing that other people have read and enjoyed what I have written. I started writing, like many others, by inventing stories and characters for my children, and they continue to inspire everything that I do.
Nick Lovering in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2012 Wimbledon.
What do you love about short stories?Everything is there, but it is in sharper focus.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, literary reviews and endless emails.
What distracts you from writing?Too many things.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Cricket, football, walking.
What is your favourite book?The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.
Who are your favourite writers?Kate Atkinson, James Ellroy and Cressida Cowell.
Where is your dream location?St Lucia.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Films inspired by comics.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Always write for yourself, never what you think other people want you to write.
Work by Nick Lovering:
The Non-Adventures of Mr Sproutface and Mr Wibbleton
Mr Sproutface and Mr Wibbleton, committed jumper wearers, museum visitors and lovers of minestrone soup, are looking for a way to escape their work in the circus. One afternoon, while sitting in a puddle of spilt breakfast cereal, they decide to follow their dream and bring cheese to the people of Basingstoke. However, the modern world is difficult. Sometimes, one faces problems that cannot be fixed with a list and a damp cloth. Whether it is cheese-dinosaurs, bakers intent on World Domination, missing hamsters or being locked in a trouser museum, non-adventures are never far away. But for every problem, there is a solution. And as long as Mr Sproutface and Mr Wibbleton have their jumpers, a bowl of minestrone soup and each other, they will find a way to keep their dream alive. This story is aimed at children between 7 and 11 but there's plenty for adults to enjoy as well.
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