Born in Rossendale, in the Lancashire Pennines, Glen grew up with a freedom and innocence he believes children no longer enjoy. They were magical times when play was a product of the imagination; when a tree trunk became a pirate ship, a stick was a sword: all done without the aid of electronics.
His early recollections of school are of a remarkable but fairly strict headmaster, Marcus Dearden. He had an amazing ability to spot the enquiring mind, encourage and develop it. This continued at the local grammar school, BRGS. At the age of sixteen, after his first year of A levels studies, he decided to leave school and take up an apprenticeship as a radio engineer with an airline at Blackpool Airport. A trade he is still plying to this day, although it now encompasses all the avionics systems on the aircraft.
His interest in crime, and particularly why some people are more willing than others to be criminals, led him to take a degree in psychology through the Open University. He continued post-graduate for two years, studying Forensic Psychology.
Although his interest in writing started at school, for many years he put it on the back burner. Recently he found the time to start writing again, and last year finally published his first novel Fishing for Stones.
He joined the Bahrain Writers’ Circle in 2014. He says, ‘the encouragement and support I have received from them has been amazing.’
He and his wife now divide their time between Bahrain, where they both work, and their home in Dumfries and Galloway. He says, ‘she is the one that has to suffer my incessant chatter about whatever piece I am working on, but without her I couldn’t do it.’
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