Anonymously, as a ghost-writer, I have researched and written many books of historical true crime and biography, traditionally published as are my books about the experiences of newsworthy individuals.
When, once, I decided to switch careers, my horrified agent said 'But you're a bloody good writer!' Later I heard one of my Authors talking about his book on the radio. 'It's so well-written!' purred the interviewer. (I was loading the dishwasher at the time.) 'Reads like fiction!' commented the Independent about another paperback of mine. And Andrew Lownie managed to guess who I'd written the historical biographies for. 'I wondered why they got so well reviewed,' he smirked. I've even had a great note from Guy Rose (of Futerman Rose) about some fiction I'd written for people he knew.
Well, along came self-pub and there has been no stopping me since. A delighted Moroccan TV reporter said when he read the first draft of his own book 'I couldn't stop reading it. I wanted to know what happened next.' I've just (October 2017) finished rewriting an autobiography for a scientist who sent me this: 'What an extraordinary piece of work. It gave me goosebumps just reading it. It's as if you were there. I read it right through from start to finish at one go.'
Ghost-writing has given me world travel and insights into human behaviour that I wouldn't otherwise have had. There have been times when, thanks to this career, I thought I understood biochemistry and could pretty well manage an oilfield and run a close protection team. I love my job. And I don't have to agree with my Authors about politics, but we do need to share a sense of humour.
Between 1984 and 1989 I wrote and researched promotional/advertising and training videos for a bank, an oil company, and various other outfits. Since 1990 I've been a self-employed writer of non-fiction. My books are written under condition of confidentiality, for clients - copyright holders/Authors who have their names on the cover. They have been trade paperbacks, or hardbacks, or - more recently - self-published books. I've also written about twenty articles and pieces for websites, under my own name, mostly about historical subjects.
I've ghost-written scores of books published under Authors' names, mostly true stories such as –
the adventures of a notorious con man in the 1920s
the life of an English prince (made into a TV programme)
a new slant on a Russian murder (made into a TV programme)
the funny and frightening experiences of a female bodyguard
how a spymaster operated before the First World War
a new look at a well-known thriller writer
a Brit, born into poverty during World War II, who left school at 15 and has lived all over the world and made and lost several fortunes. (He is now rich and American.)
a British woman's struggle to get help with a child affected by ADHD and autism
the professional life of a country solicitor in Ireland
a midwife born in Shanghai to a suspiciously wealthy Customs boss with American-Italian connections
the experiences of a paramedic working for Middle Eastern royalty
what happened when a school caretaker took his family to live on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific
being a transsexual, the trauma of gender change, and a career as a politician since
a farmer's losing fight with his creditors, and how his children rose from the devastation to great heights
life as an Arab television journalist, at one point imprisoned in North Africa
an old lady's childhood in the 1890s, and her family history before and after as far as 1939 (she was 104 when I interviewed her)
a British mental health professional turned businesswoman in a Turkish coastal resort, and the ditzy holiday visitors who fall for local waiters and stay
a man who worked in the violent wards of Victorian asylums in the 1970s before they were closed down
the fury of someone whose financial reputation was destroyed by a set of malevolent individuals
I have edited (tweaked and added explanatory links within) volumes of letters from coffee-planters in post-war Kenya, and from an American battlefield surgeon in Burma in World War II.
I have written part of an entirely fictional novel based on a much-admired businesswoman who was jailed for embezzlement in the 1930s.
And under my own name I've written
two lengthy proposals for Andrew Lownie (big illustrated books about aspects of London's history)
a book of local history
another about eating and exercise (content very much inspired by and discussed with Dr Ian White)
occasional articles for magazines and online articles for London Historians
a comprehensively researched set of commentaries on some late seventeenth-early-eighteenth century travel journals (ongoing)
rewrite of a short book about in-vitro fertilisation
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Experienced ghostwriter (fiction and non-fiction), editor, published novelist, humor writer, and Harvard-educated lawyer.
Author/ghostwriter of books and articles on business history, the sciences, medicine, and biography. An expert researcher and interviewer.