About me

Hello.

My name is Jack Dowd and I am a writer.

I started writing as a hobby in 2005. This hobby grew and I graduated from London South Bank University in 2015 with a 2:1 BA Cons in Creative Writing.

I was diagnosed as dyslexic when I was eleven years old. Although my reading skills was above average, my spelling was appalling along with my handwriting. This is why I prefer to take notes on paper and complete the majority of my work on a computer. The idea of a dyslexic writer is somewhat ironic but a side effect of dyslexia is that we tend to be more creative and curious than other people which has been a massive help to me when I am world building and creating characters. There is a large list of successful dyslexic authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Poirot and more) Jules Verne (A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in Eighty Days) George Bernard Shaw (famed playwright) and  Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven and others) just to name a few.

The clumsiness I have suffered for all of my life was explained as dyspraxia. This was diagnosed by London South Bank University shortly before starting my Creative Writing course. Dyspraxia affects everyone differently. For me it affects my hand-eye coordination and my sense (of lack thereof) of balance. This is why you will never find me playing sports or riding a bike. Notable people with dyspraxia include  Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame) along with Richard Branson (owner of Virgin) and Albert Einstein.

Einstein

I like writing novels, novellas, short stories, screenplays, radio plays, stage plays and pieces of flash fiction. In terms of genre I enjoy thrillers, murder mysteries, Sci Fi and Fantasy.

Apart from writing I also enjoy music (which mostly consists of movie soundtracks), fencing (you know, with swords?) and reading.

If you have any unanswered questions, try looking at the FAQ page or if contacting me directly.

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