Darren Hanton
Darren Hanton

My Life as a Writer

I was born in 1967, in the small seaside port of Harwich, on the east coast of England. I had an idyllic childhood, loving parents, and amazing grandparents.  From an early age, I was scribbling in dog-eared notebooks and making up stories that I would enjoy recounting to my younger brother.  As a young boy, I was an imaginative thinker with a twist of the eccentricity about me - a trait that many who know me would say I still possess...
It would be true to say that my life has often taken me in a very different direction to the one I had intended.  At times, I have found this to be a daunting and often frustrating experience.  However, it's amazing what you can achieve if you put your mind to it!  After a very unsuccessful and unremarkable education I was ill-equipped for life after school.  It was 1983; I was a somewhat geeky teenager with limited qualifications and no idea what to do next.  Fortunately for me, the answer came in the form of a rapidly emerging Computer Industry.
In 2009, I decided to leave a successful career in the technology industry to pursue a long-held ambition of being a writer. I have been a feature writer for various online publications, have belonged to a number of writing and editing groups and have always been happy to guest blog and contribute to websites that focus on my favourite subjects: history, technology, travel, and green issues.  I have always wanted to combine my love of writing and storytelling with my passion for history.  Heavily influenced by my favourite authors, C. S. Forester, and Bernard Cornwell; I decided to begin researching material for my first novel.
I now live in London, Ontario, with my Costa Rican/Canadian wife, a truly awesome combination.   It is a blessing to have such a beautiful wife, who is a constant support in my writing endeavours.  Her unwavering encouragement and gentle persuasion keep me at my desk, motivated and on target!


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