Robert Lock

Began a degree in Applied Biology but decided science wasn’t for me. Worked in Paris as a washer-up, a tour director taking US students round Europe, then began freelance photography and finally work on newspapers, though I continued to write as well and gathered a selection of complimentary rejection letters. Sent the manuscript of my previous novel to The Literary Consultancy, who pointed out various shortcomings but did say my writing possessed ‘a spark, a verve, which is out of the ordinary’. Having spent almost 25 years in Blackpool I decided to write a novel based in a seaside resort, populated with characters I have met through my job on the local newspaper. This took several years, fitting writing days inbetween work, but finally emerged as Murmuration, its title taken from watching the starlings dance over and around North Pier

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