Alison and Ian Hornby
Brilliant, creative, entertaining - three words I'd love to have applied to me.
What can I tell you? I started writing plays in my early 40s and still love to write them today, in between trying to write more novels and TV/radio scripts and being a drama adjudicator for The Greater Manchester Drama Federation, chairman of The Bridgewater Players Dramatic Society and I run The Playwrights' Co-operative. More recently we created Dying 4 Dinner Murder Mystery Events - I write murder mystery scripts - along with my lovely wife Alison (eyes right) and we act out with a group of close friends at various venues, usually around the North West of England - call us for a quote! They're fascinating, lively fun, and are a good way of raising funds for the drama group, doing what we all love to do - act!
When people were foolish enough to actually employ me and pay me a salary, I used to design computers for a living: high-tech electronics and a job I loved. When my favourite employers, Ferranti Computer Systems, went bust, I moved to Unilever Research for 6 years and then to a couple of small electronics companies before going freelance, training people to use computers, interleaving my love of writing.
I have a full length crime thriller waiting for some imaginative publisher to snap up. It's called "Killers Dot Com", but you'll have to read it to find out why.
My favourite ever plays? Easy. Noises Off by Michael Frayn and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. Recently we went to see "The 39 Steps" four-actor comedy at Manchester Opera House, so may have to revise my top ten list.
My favourite writer? Again easy, though perhaps a surprise: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, a singer/songwriter who can craft words in ways I can only envy and raise the hairs on the back of my neck with her emotions.