I rarely mention I have worked for several charity anthology books; the reason for this is that while the books did well, contrary to popular belief having worked in an anthology did me no good.
I was asked to do a joint writing project some years ago for a friend, but the friend we were doing for had a fatal reaction to a riding accident in which she got paralyzed below the waist.
Another project that fell through was a proposed work with two friends when they came first and second in a contest www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/i-was-despised, and I got forced out of the top three that project got forgotten; even though for half of the competition in question I had been the leader. Another example of how people's perception of me changed as a result of a contest.
Several years ago, I had many invitations to guest blog on various sites, and I got told my stories were the most read, and for several months I wrote for a magazine based in Amsterdam.
Until December 2018, I did hope to get a writing contract, it was a long shot but it kept me going through the year.
I keep being told off for not blowing my own trumpet, but my work has been praised by readers from many countries for several years, truthfully, from the first stories I put online, you can read the reviews on this link - www.alsdominion.co.uk/reviews.html
Several years ago, I was asked to write a short note for a friend's children's story.
Around this time I was also asked to several online interviews, some were seen on Morgen Bailey's web pages. Morgen is a writer in the UK who is based near Leicester.
I keep getting asked if I am doing sequels to several stories, being honest, though I did think of sequels/extending stories the e-book sales never gave me encouragement to go ahead with the projects.
For several months I got invited by magazines to be a "slush reader" what that means is I would read and comment on the work of established writers for those magazines, I turned the offers down because none of the magazines mentioned the possibility of getting my work published.
The term "slush" is appropriate as many of the stories were so lame you would have thought a fifth grader had wrote them, and these people got paid to write.
I don't mention that nine years ago I tried to commit suicide when a close friend died, this was the second attempt; the other time was in my teens.
I own five acres of land in Scotland; in 1985 I purchased five acres of land around Loch Leven to act as a respite for migrating birds.