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Rings of Smoke
Written by Diane O'TooleGenre(s): Crime Thriller
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As a child my playground was Belle Vue, one of the largest amusement parks in Europe in its day, and famous for it's Zoo, Speedway Stadium, Kings Hall, Circus and "the Bobs" (the biggest timber roller coaster in the World). There are many stories I could tell about those days, and maybe one day I will. My Dad often recounts tales of his days as Works Foreman of "The Heavy Gang", Belle Vue's works maintenance staff, and I keep saying I will record them one day and put them into a book.
As children, we have our tales to tell as well, some we really wouldn't like to own up to but it was all good, harmless fun really.
During my days at Levenshulme High School for Girls, I wasn't exactly renowned for my attendance. In fact people often ask, "who was that girl?" when they look at old school photographs. Although you might think that would have left me academically challenged, I didn't waste my time hanging around cafes and shops, I spent it doing what I love to do most - reading. I read book after book after book . . .
The first book I read as a young teenager was "The Exorcist", and then I went onto "The Entity" and "Flowers in the Attic". John Grisham and Stephen King are two of my all time favourite authors, but I've also read many classics like Richard Doddridge Blackmore, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope and, of course, all of the Thomas Hardy books - I still love the classics.
My books took me all over the world (like "The Far Pavilions"), and taught me all the history I needed (from "The Lancashire Witches" to "The Last Pope"). I realised at a very early age the power of the written word, and knew that that was what I wanted to do, to write. To be able to shock, make people laugh or cry, raise hopes and dash them, take people to places they'd never been, some places they'd never ever want to go, all without leaving the comfort of their home.