Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and fifty-ninth, is of Nigel Hey.
Nigel has been a writer for nearly 70 years. He treasures a copy of a story he wrote on ledger paper in his birthplace town of Heysham, Lancashire, in 1943. He was 9 at the time, but 11 before he was paid for anything, when he gained the added frisson of receiving a cheque from the BBC.
After his family moved to America, in his teens, he doubled as a part-time printer’s devil, reporter, and proof-reader for a small weekly newspaper at 14, wrote children’s columns for three weeklies at 16, then got his degree in journalism from the University of Utah and then escaped to full-time newspaper jobs in Bermuda and England. Eventually he reached his current base in New Mexico and a renewed career at Sandia National Laboratories. He retired from there and became a media consultant / writer.
In October Nigel Hey published his sixth book, Wonderment, a transatlantic tome in many ways since the author is English-born but spends nine months a year in his mud-brick house in New Mexico and three months in Hackney, London.
And now a little from the author himself:
At the close of Wonderment, he describes the big philosophical lesson of his life…
Slowly, because I am not a scholar in such things, I saw parts of the story emerging delightfully like bubbles from a glass of champagne . . . lines of logic from humankind’s greatest thinkers may waver, but they point in one general direction.
It is unquestionably upward, towards a positive future.”
You can find more about Nigel and his writing via… Goodreads and http://www.nigelhey.com.
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with historical and crime fiction author Colin Falconer – the six hundred and twenty-third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.
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