About me? Well, isn’t that what it’s about for most people…?
But if you’re interested in a thumbnail sketch of this particular face in the crowd, here’s how it looks.
I was born in 1960 and was initially educated at Edenbridge Primary School in Kent (my surname was Wentworth, back then). Even at that stage I was already relishing creative writing; at the age of about seven I wrote a poem that was submitted by the school to a schools radio programme and was read out on air (I still remember the juvenile smirk I wore, wriggling with self-satisfaction on my chair, as this was taking place).
In 1970 (around the time when David Tennant was about to become a gleam in his father’s eye, possibly?) my family moved to Somerset, and I attended Court Fields School in Wellington, where my enthusiasm for writing was fostered by my English teacher Peter Turnbull, for whose encouragement I shall always be grateful. (When in my twenties I made a venture into an early form of self-publishing with A Likeness of Danger, it was to him that the book was dedicated.)
I got married to Laurence Latham in 1980, and have stayed that way ever since. Since I had the tremendous good sense to marry a croquet player, this was the route by which I was introduced to the pleasures of Association Croquet (trust me, the fact that I play it shatters any
|preconception you might have that it’s a sport for the elite only!). I have in the course of my playing career (1981-present, though engagement is less frequent now than in days of yore) also submitted many tournament reports and the occasional article to the Croquet Gazette.
As an aside, it was Laurence who came up with the concept of a croquet-playing hippopotamus named – inevitably! – Hoopopotamus, leading to the innovation of the first ever strip cartoon in the Croquet Gazette, which he wrote (with occasional contributions from me) and I illustrated, a contribution which lasted from 2002 to 2013. On Laurence's website you will find three croquet-related works of fiction (originally published on the Croquet World Online website) that tick the boxes for both 'imaginative' and 'witty' (depending on your sense of humour, of course) - Reflections on Croquet in Wonderland, its sequel, A Singular Case of Fictional Doubles and Plus Twenty-Six And All That.
I too have an article on the Croquet World Online site – How To Shoot Croquet Players (something that’s always potentially useful to know, don’t you think?) – but the main thrust of my online presence is in another field entirely…
Yes, I am herewith forced to reveal to the world my secret vice – I write Doctor Who Tenth Doctor fan fiction! (My pen name for that is 'TheDoctorDeborah' – please ignore any alternative suggestions Google may offer you for that search term! (Note: other search engines are also available...))
As my page on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind explains, the seven novel-length stories constitute a self-contained story arc that explores aspects of the Tenth Doctor's situation in the time frame between The Waters of Mars and The End of Time (and slightly beyond).
For those of you who prefer your novels punctuated by the occasional illustration, the stories are also provided here as PDF files – please feel free to download and enjoy:
Tour of Britain South West 2008 Overview; a couple more are available on the YouTube page for South West Tour of Britain, and a more extensive selection still can be found here.
My writing career has also taken an unexpected detour - into children's entertainment! I was one of the successful entrants in the 'Theo the Mouse Writing Competition 2015', and you can see the result here:
Undoubtedly very little, if any, of the foregoing will make any fundamental difference to your life, but hopefully it has been a mildly entertaining way to sacrifice from it the couple of minutes that you have spent reading this.
Thank you for that sacrifice.