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I have always loved writing. Going back to primary school days, through to high school, the highlight of my lessons was the weekly ‘composition,’ set by the English teacher. Sadly, my military career – spanning forty years – put any urges to write creatively onto a long-term back-burner – although in 2000 I achieved an A Grade in A Level English, as a result of a year-long correspondence course, whilst working full time with the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. Also in 2000, I had an article published, in the ‘in-house’ British Army Review. Now I am semi-retired and seriously attending to my life-long itch to be a writer. It is only in the last year and a half that I have attempted to write my own short stories and flash fiction, whilst studying and completing a commercial writing course.  I have also begun the first draft of my first novel, a thriller, drawing from my lengthy experiences on military bases in war-torn Afghanistan.