This writer is looking for an agent.
I am a writer; I have written fiction in various forms since my earliest years. I have, however, neither attempted to write full-time nor to seek publication until now. I believe that I have developed a distinctive voice and a firm grasp of narrative and dialogue; I read my work aloud and am satisfied that it sounds "well written".
I am married and have a son who is 18 years old.
Music, particularly classical music of the 20th century, is after my family the most important thing in my life. My writing, completed and projected, focuses on the role of music in my character's lives, whether my subject is a dramatised episode in the life of a real musician or the background to a wider historical setting (e.g. the development of folk song set against the wars of central Europe).
I lived in the Czech Republic between 1993 and 1999, inspired both by the presidency of Vacláv Havel and my love for the music of Janácek. During that time I developed a greater appreciation of music by Czechoslovakian composers, many of whom did not survive the Nazi occupation, as well as a knowledge of the history, politics and society of Czechoslovakia.
By focussing on music and on the people and history of Czechoslovakia, my aim is to use specific themes to illuminate universal and topical issues.