My name is Michael Sheridan and I was born in Derby in 1953, almost with a silver spoon in my mouth ( coronation of Liz 2!) . I was raised and schooled in Nottingham living first in the Meadows and then Bakersfield, Carlton, hence my blog name. I left Nottingham at the age of 18 to train for four years at a Teacher Training College in Manchester where I now live. I taught in mostly primary schools for 22 years then left to work with adults mostly IT Training. I resigned from my last ever job and left on 4th July 2011, celebrating my independence from work on a very auspicious day. I wasnt happy, wasnt going anywhere and it was time to go. I have been wanting to write my first novel for some time and now I have the time especially as I need to do lots of research.
I stumbled on an amazing story via an internet search in April 2011 and my first novel will be based on a real life event that I feel connected to on a number of different levels, not the least because several generations of my family know this story and talked about it.I am also connected to it by the locality and landscape. As a child I walked the paths and tracks taken by the people in this story, little thinking that one day I would learn about their dreadful suffering. I now know about the last journey taken by four of them and I have walked that path, something you cannot do now, as the path has gone. I know their final resting places and I have been and I have seen. Its a tragic and poignant story with a dreadful sting in the tail. You can find out more about my book, my writing and my journey as I will reveal more about slowly it through the blog. Its a kind of warts and all diary and I want to chart and record the progress or lack of as I try to first get the novel together and then into print. I have already decided I want to try to use the internet and social media to promote the book and get it noticed. Its almost certainly going to start life as an e-book on Kindle and after that who knows?. The most important thing for me though is to write the story and record it properly for all time. Generations of my family have told this story, I want to bring it up to date, put my stamp on it and make it as accurate and absorbing as I can.
UPDATE late JULY 2014
My first book is now finished and available in the Kindle Store on Amazon. The title is “Saville’s Spinney -True Story of the Colwick Murders of 1844.” It’s been a long but interesting journey but it isn’t over yet. I have already found small errors and revised the copy three times. I am working on ways to market the book. Already had my first sale and ran a free download promo briefly. I am also now looking for my next story, it will be in the same genre ie true and historical crime with a lot of research and real history thrown. The cold days of winter are coming and that’s a good time to be researching……..
UPDATE early August 2014
Very pleased with my sales already, so far every day since July 26 seen at least one sale and highest so far was 6 on Aug 5th. Just had my first review and please to say its 5 stars (thank you David Webster!) Pleased to announce I have found the story I was looking for and indeed about to start writing. Having learnt so much from my first book I should be able to proceed much faster with my second. Hoping to have it finished for Christmas. It’s another murder but a very different story revolving around a very strong character. It’s another “lost” story, few if any people will have heard of it, even in Nottingham.
In the meantime Saville’s Spinney is available now. You DON’T need a Kindle to download and read it. It can be read through the free Kindle App, avail for any PC, Mac or tablet or IPhone or smartphone. It is also possible to read the intro, prologue, full chapters 1 and 2 plus part of Chapter 3 by using the amazon “look inside” feature, check that out by clicking on the link below..