Imogen Clark | Author | Best Selling English Writer

I’ve always been a reader…

However, it took me a while, to come round to the idea of becoming a writer. I was over fifty when my first book was published, the culmination of lots of trials and errors, some study and yet more reading. Since then, I have barely stopped writing. Thinking of ideas, creating characters and letting them lead me on adventures has become my passion and I’m never happier than when up to my neck in a book’s first draft.

Like most people, I wrote stories as a little girl and I’ve always kept a diary, but what I really wanted was to be a lawyer, so that was the first dream that I chased and caught. Once, I’d had my children, however, it became harder to balance the needs of work and family and so l left my career to become a stay-at-home mum. That’s when the writing really took hold, starting with a blog and then moving onto short stories and finally novels. If you’re interested in my writing process, then pop over to the For Writers part of my website where you’ll find posts on all parts of how I create a book.

In the rest of my life, I particularly enjoy long distance walking with friends. There is something so calming and restorative about being outside for the day and just putting one foot in front of the other. I live on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and so can walk directly into beautiful countryside from my front door, but I also enjoy exploring new places too. I also sing soprano in a local choir. I learned to sing when I was a girl. My choir used to stand in for cathedral choristers in the summer holidays and I have sung in many beautiful churches including an annual week in Canterbury cathedral. These days my singing is far less grand, but I still love making music with other people.

I have four children who are now all out making their own way in the world, but that means that I get to travel to visit them and, second only to writing, travelling is my favourite pastime so that all works beautifully. I also enjoy walking and yoga, and of course, I read endlessly often with my cat, Merlin, sitting on my lap.


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