If you are in any doubt, Lee is a wanna-be-author. Possibly 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 fiction, but since 2012, Lee’s been writing. 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? Maybe not.
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 six times (for money!) by Thanet Writers – a group that supports new authors in, well, Thanet. Obviously. You can find the links to these stories in the Free Stories and Publications sections.
Waterguard is no longer languishing in the ‘to do’ pile, waiting to be honed for submission. Its time is imminent. As of spring 2019, Beta reading is underway. Submissions to agents and publishers will follow soon.
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’.
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. In 2016 he became a judge and committee member on the HG Wells Short Story Competition. In 2019 he was appointed treasurer of Inspirations Writers’ Group and a director of Thanet Writers.
Lee considers himself to be in his writing apprenticeship and 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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