David Robinson is a former adult education teacher and hypnotherapist, compelled into early retirement due to ill health and disability, he now works full time as a freelance writer and novelist.
In the early 1990s, prompted by the onset of ankylosing spondulitis and osteoarthritis he began to look at means of managing pain without pills, and eventually settled for self-hypnosis. His researches into hypnotism then prompted him to train and practice as hypnotherapist. Legislative changes in the UK at the turn of the millennium would have meant spending large sums of money to “retrain” and reluctant to follow this course, he gave up practising to concentrate on writing. During the course of his researches he came across many wonderful, often weird, sometimes downright bizarre real life cases involving this little-understood phenomenon. Some of these tales provided the catalyst for short stories and full-length novels.
He has been a professional writer since the mid 1980s and is extensively published, mainly in small press magazines and on the Web. He published his first novel, a social farce, in 2002. In 2007, he published his first paperback with Virtual Tales (USA). That same year, 2007, the opening chapters of his novel The Handshaker came in at number 1 in the You Write On monthly chart, and won a professional critique.
In 2011, tired of the constant round of pitching agents and publishes, he elected to go it alone, and now self-publishes most of his work on the Kindle and other e-platforms, whilst still submitting work to publishers.
He blogs frequently in several places, usually on the writing process, and also maintains a blog by his alter-ego, Flatcap, where he comments on the absurdities of the world as seen through Flatcap’s cynical eyes.
He is an experienced editor and has lent his expertise to several charity projects. He maintains his long-standing membership of the Writelink writers’ community where he is also a moderator and occasional competition judge.
David is married with four children and five grandchildren and lives with his wife and a Jack Russell Terrier named Joe on the outskirts of Manchester (UK).
David's e-books for Collca: