I have been a reader of fiction since early childhood and often thought, like most people, 'I could do that', without realising how difficult it is. My chance to try came when I retired, having worked as a Business Consultant, in Professional Football amongst other things. Because I read and admire LeCarre, Deighton and Phillip Kerr, my stories tend to be about espionage and crime, hopefully with a bit of humour and a twist at the end.
Living by the coast in North Essex gives me the opportunity for walks and cycle rides by the sea, which can be a great source of inspiration. I still take a keen interest in all forms of sport and enjoy films and the theatre.
Stephen Gage in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?2012 Clacton on Sea
What do you love about short stories?The chance to lose yourself in another world for a short time.
Do you write in other forms?Plays
What distracts you from writing?A sunny day or a cup of coffee. The chance to enjoy both in the garden is irrestible!
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Sport, walking, gardening
What is your favourite book?The Constant Gardener by John LeCarre
Who are your favourite writers?Phillip Kerr, Robert Harris and Alan Judd
Where is your dream location?The Suffolk coast
What one item would you put into Room 101?All goverment forms
Do you have any advice for new writers?Just get it on paper. Stories are no good in your head.
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