Without those of you who write and read the pieces inspired by the weekly photos, the writephoto prompt would not exist. So, if you follow or take part in the weekly challenge, why come over and introduce yourself too?
Being a regular does not mean taking part every week… so why not drop me a line?
I’m not a shy retiring type (no, really) and yet I find these ‘introduce yourself’ thingies rather daunting. However, Sue is a legend in her own right so when the call comes, caps are doffed and to the keyboard we must go.
Before the urge to splurge upon the page took me in July 2006, I was bumbling along as a lawyer of necessity, a parent of infinite wonder and a husband of fortune. But then came my little Damascene moment in a classroom in Wiltshire and I decided to write a book.
That revelatory interlude led to a course on creative writing – and several others (what can I say, I was a lawyer, I like structure) leading to a Masters and a book that got me my degree.
By then I’d decided to publish it and that led to blogging as a vehicle for writing. Blogging led to other blogs, which led to flash fiction which led to Sue (and others) and, like a constantly evolving strand of DNA, I’ve accumulated a lot of letters, some words, the occasional sentence and a few stories along the route.
I’ve now published four novels, one memoir and two compilations of short fiction. I write some really dire poetry which usually seeks to rhyme and is often in sonnet form. I blog regularly and write daily. I’m an addict and I’m buggered if I’m joining Writer’s Anonymous – I’m loving this beautiful compulsion.
If you visit my blog, in addition to pieces of fiction and said poetry chippings, you will find my cheesy attempts at humour, a few reviews of films and plays, the occasional travelogue, stories of one Man (me) and Dog and some memoir pieces of my life to date. I have no issues to grind, no particular troubles to reveal or report or soap boxes on which to stand. If I rant, it’s probably because I’ve eaten too much cheese or too little cake in the preceding twenty-four hours.
Were you to want to know more about my published world, here is my Amazon author page
And were you to be interested in my poetry, here is a reworking of Philip Larkin’s famous and fabulous This Be The Verse (apologises for the unsubtle f-bomb: my only excuse is Larkin started it):
They fuck you up your mum and dad
So said that old contrarian
But Larkin’s error is just so sad
The poor deluded librarian.
It’s glib and cheap to blame your folks
For all the crap that life throws out;
To say ‘It’s not my fault’ is jokes
However much you scream and shout.
And if you feel that out you’ve lucked
With the only life you’ll ever live
Because, perchance, they’ve up you fucked
Isn’t it about time to them forgive?
Boring biographical stuff:
My name is Geoff Le Pard. I live in a leafy suburb of London with my splendid and ever forgiving spouse, Dog, two utterly selfish cats, a tortoise that frankly barely earns her keep and in close proximity to son and daughter plus their delightful other halves. I’m old enough to remember Kennedy’s assassination and young enough to think today was good so tomorrow will be even better. If we are going to some sort of hell in a diesel-powered plastic-bottle based tsunami, I for one intended to smile as I sink. If it ends tomorrow then, as the late great Douglas Adams had it ‘Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish… and chocolate, and cake and tea and friends and books and walks and museums and elastic waistbands and hats and curiosity and cricket and functioning kneecaps and… well you get the picture.
Find and follow Geoff
My Father and Other Liars is a thriller set in the near future and takes its heroes, Maurice and Lori-Ann on a helter-skelter chase across continents.
Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle is a coming of age story. Set in 1976 the hero Harry Spittle is home from university for the holidays. He has three goals: to keep away from his family, earn money and hopefully have sex. Inevitably his summer turns out to be very different to that anticipated.
Life in a Grain of Sand is a 30 story anthology that covers many genres: fantasy, romance, humour, thriller, espionage, conspiracy theories, MG and indeed something for everyone. All the stories were written during Nano 2015
Salisbury Square is a dark thriller set in present day London where a homeless woman and a Polish man, escaping the police at home, form an unlikely alliance to save themselves.
Buster & Moo is about about two couples and the dog whose ownership passes from one to the other. When the couples meet, via the dog, the previously hidden cracks in their relationships surface and events begin to spiral out of control. If the relationships are to survive there is room for only one hero but who will that be?
Apprenticed to My Mother
When my father died in 2005, I assumed my mother would need more support and someone to help with decisions she previously shared with her husband. What I didn’t realise was the role she had in mind for me: a sort of Desmond 2.0. Over the five years until her death, I played the role of apprentice, learning more about her and her relationship with my father than I had gleaned in my previous 50 years. We laughed, we cried and, occasionally we disagreed, and throughout she manipulated me as, I learnt, she had my father. Neither of us minded much; we were both her so willing fools, for she was an extraordinary woman and we both knew we were in the presence of someone very special.
Geoff’s stories can also be found in these anthologies