Meet Author Kel Mansfield

author-kel-mansfieldToday we have the privilege of interviewing writer and sports broadcaster/reporter Kel Mansfield. Kel is the author of the Flyball 5: The Adventures Of 5 Abandoned Puppies, a realistic action and adventure story for all ages.

Kel resides in the UK, and although he primarily writes fiction books, he plans on releasing some non fiction books in the sports genre in the future.

Let’s get to know Kel!

1. Tell us a little about your background.

I spent the first 16 years of my life in the English seaside town of West Kirby.
After leaving school, I served 5 years in the Royal Air Force, during which time I was posted to Malta and Cyprus.

For the last 30 years, I’ve been based in London working as a sports reporter and broadcaster.

2. Why did you become a writer

I was pretty hopeless at school, but remember being praised by a teacher, who normally found fault in everything I did, for an essay I wrote.

In the essay I described myself flying like Superman over the house of my enemy, a boy called Jack, and dropping bombs on him as he stood in his garden looking up and impotently shaking his fist at me.

I was expecting to get into trouble for writing the story, as there was another teacher at my school, who I was engaged in a running battle with at the time, and the teacher’s nickname was Jack.┬áThe first teacher wrote “Very Imaginative” on my essay and gave me a high mark.

All these years later, the seed she planted has started to grow.

3. Do you primarily write fiction or non fiction?

Fiction is my main focus at present and I have several ideas for fiction books. However, there are a number of non-fiction projects about sports and gambling I am planning in the future.

4. What have you written?

Apart from thousands of newspaper articles, I have written short stories, flash fiction, blog posts and the adventure book for all ages, THE FLYBALL 5.

5. Where can we find your books?

On Amazon worldwide in Kindle and paperback formats.

6. Tell us about your most significant achievement as a writer.

I have had my own column in a national sports newspaper for over 25 years, but writing and publishing THE FLYBALL 5, then seeing copies sold in America, Canada, Australia, the UK and Europe, means easily the most to me.

7. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?

I am currently deep into writing an environmental adventure story in which the action takes place in Central London and The Caribbean.

Thanks, Kel, for sharing your story with us here at Indie Author Central. Thank goodness for teachers like the one you mention above. It’s amazing how one encouraging word can have so much impact on a child. Your story is a testimony of just how important it is to praise and encourage children while they are still young, because one day, they just might grow up to be an awesome author!

 

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