I am Gary Engel, I see myself as a young author, in search of that elusive and exciting career in writing. It feels as though I’ve been working at this for a lifetime already, but always with a view to success.
In theory, journalism was meant to be the next logical step for me, but circumstances haven’t always been accommodating. However, there’s a great potential to inspire, educate and entertain a new generation on the back of the revolution in publishing, and that’s what I’d love to do. Make them laugh, make them cry and make them wait. Everything worth having, is worth waiting for…
I’m a deep, logical thinker but laughter is the best medicine and love is an underappreciated and undervalued term in our world today, let’s put the meaning back! Read on, and when my finest works are complete, you will know exactly what I mean, starting next in ‘The Barberry Fields’, watch this space.
- Star sign: Capricorn
- Inspirations: You'll be pleased to read they are both authors - George Orwell and Ian Fleming - though quite different. Their influences may become more pronounced as my writing career takes off.
- Favourite books: Goodnight Mr Tom, Hound of the Baskerville's - I like comebacks.
- Favourite film: From Russia With Love, Green Mile and The Dark Knight.
- Favourite car: I've driven/owned - VW Golf. But money prevailing, an Aston Martin DB9.
- Favourite food: Sri Lankan Chicken, with fluffy Nan bread.
- Favourite places: Visited - Monaco, Barcelona.
- Favourite things: Books, films, football and comedy.
- Favourite band: The Beatles, Oasis.
- Favourite songs: Live Forever, Here Comes the Sun.
- Biggest challenges: Where to begin, purely in terms of establishing myself with an audience but altering genres to avoid becoming typecast could prove a difficult trick to pull off. However it can be done, and I’m sure in this day and age – anything is possible!
- Thing I've learned: We haven't got all day, and frankly I wouldn't want to bore anyone. Here's a tip I taught myself recently; the introduction of smaller characters or mini-plots in a book should be closed off – like a circle. Some people might call it closure…