If you are in any doubt, Lee is a wanna-be-author, now bordering on being a professional author, having been paid for publication of a number of pieces!
Lee quit the corporate world in late 2017 to write full time. Before that, he was the strategic lead for some of the U.K.’s most iconic brands including Saga, the AA, and Immediate Media – the parent company of the Radio Times and Top Gear Magazine. In 2015, he was the co-founder of Kappu (kappu.earth), an Internet start-up focusing on peer-to-peer learning. Before all that though, he was (and probably still is, at heart) an engineer.
En route, he somehow managed to acquire a BSc, MBA and a Doctorate and is an advocate of life-long learning. So, yes, it is Dr Lee.
Heavy workloads didn’t leave much space for writing, but since 2012, Lee’s been scribbling. Initial success came through the H.G. Wells Short Story Competition who shortlisted and published Class in 2013 and then Flight in 2015. Both are available in the free stories section. Encouraged by this, his focus began to shift away from the 9-5 grind and towards thoughts of a more realistic work life balance based around writing.
Hard at work – visualising…something
Over 2014 and 2015 Lee worked part-time on the initial draft of his first novel, Waterguard. Then, it went into his virtual desk draw. A victim of first-novel syndrome?
The urge to focus on writing was finally realised in late 2017. Since then, Lee has been scribbling full-time* and can now truthfully call himself a professional author; having been published nine times (for money!) by Thanet Writers – a group that supports new authors in, well, Thanet. Obviously.
Waterguard is no longer languishing in the ‘to do’ pile, but has been honed for submission. Its time is imminent. Beta reading took place in Spring 2019 and then, following rounds of corrections and minor rewrites, submissions to agents and publishers started in October 2019.
Watch this space!
Lee’s focus is on historical horror for his first novel and several of his short stories / flash fiction pieces, but has recently expanded to experiment with speculative fiction and work which ‘just takes his fancy’. He is currently writing a more literary piece—a black comedy about a dead French philosopher.
Lee lives in Thanet, on the North Kent coast, from where he takes much of his inspiration. Outside of writing, he’s a happily married man (strange to say, these days) and dad to two full-grown kids and one ageing moggie. His other loves include an eclectic music collection, the odd bit of strategic computer gaming, a wide interest in technology and tinkering with his car.
Lee, like Marla Singer in Fight Club, is a bit of a group junkie. He is a member of ‘too many’ writing groups across Thanet and Canterbury. From 2016-2019 he became a judge and committee member on the HG Wells Short Story Competition and hopes to return to the fold when time allows. In early 2019 he was appointed treasurer of Inspirations Writers’ Group and has been a director of Thanet Writers.
Lee is keen to hear constructive feedback – please feel free to write via the Contacts page.
Naturally, he’d be super-keen to hear from any agents or publishers that might wander by!
If you are desperate to hear a bit more about Lee, check out his recent interviews on the Media page.
* Well, mostly full-time.
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