About Me

Tollesbury, Essex, United Kingdom
I was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive but enjoyable, setting me up for something of a wayward but interesting life! On leaving school I had various jobs including putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, putting up ceilings, gardening and road sweeping. After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, I found myself unemployed for two years. Then finally I got back on my feet and I've been a psychiatric nurse since 1997. I wrote A Cleansing of Souls when I was 22 years old and followed it up with Tollesbury Time Forever almost twenty years later. I started writing The Bird That Nobody Sees in September 2011 and it was released in July 2012. In terms of writing, my heroes are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. I would also include Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits as literary influences. So that's me I guess - scruffy, happy and in love with literary fiction, music and life...

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Three weeks into the Blog so time for an update!

As the title of this post states, the Blog has now been up for three weeks and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Having made the decision to make a serious go of getting Tollesbury Time Forever published it has felt like I have two jobs - Mental Health Nurse by day and struggling author by night! I have been researching various sites and making links with various, very nice people! My efforts have been rewarded with the Blog being viewed well over 500 times so far, which is brilliant!

I really want to thank all of you who have shown an interest, particularly those of you who have 'joined' or 'followed' the Blog. It is very kind of you all!

Hope is still with me and I intend to continue to document my attempts to get Tollesbury Time Forever published for some time to come!

I would just ask for your continued support and to spread the word anyway you know how or by any means you know how - if you succeed in directing people to the Blog then fantastic!

I will be posting some more excerpts from the novel over the coming weeks so keep your eyes open. The article I wrote for a Social Care Journal has been accepted so I will let you know when that gets published online.

Well cheers again - any questions, please feel free to comment on any of the posts and I will gladly answer!

Thank you!!



markyboy said...

Nice one Stu. Look forward to checking out your article. Took delivery of your 'cleansing of souls', already gripped.
Talented mate.

Stu Ayris said...

Thanks so much mate! I really appreciate it! I wrote A Cleansing of Souls when I was 23 - long time ago now! Would love to know what you make of it! Thanks again for the support!!!