Jan Steer grew up and was educated in Devonshire, then served a full career in the Royal Navy before embarking on another in podiatric medicine. He read for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Wales (Trinity). He is an avid reader with an almost child-like fascination for the world around him that has never diminished.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or having read to you as a child?
A: I remember reading Homer in translation and being absolutely fascinated by the Iliad and the Odyssey. I was ten at the time!
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: I would like to find myself rich and living in the twenties or early thirties, a time of endless opportunities for writers, fabulous fashions and freedom. My absolute favourite period. I often dress in the style when the opportunity presents.
Q: Who is your person of inspiration?
A: Mainly William Boyd and Alice Munro, but I am a huge fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald too.
The spherical woman sat at a table adjacent to and just below the raised wooden platform at the end of the village hall. Constructed to make a stage for visiting acts, it was now all but redundant. Acts rarely visited. The village was too remotely placed and so removed from decent roads that entertainers seldom …