Born in the Wirral a very long time ago, I have travelled widely, both as a child and as an adult. My interest in history probably began in childhood from the love of books set in past times, such as Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe and Ivanhoe.
At the age of 16, I joined the army as an apprentice tradesman, graduating into the Royal Corps of Signals, travelling and living in many counties, before returning to UK and retiring from the army. These experiences sharpened my interest in people and history, but in that era of my life I had little time for research.
On resignation from the army, I needed to find a job to keep food on the table and a home for my family. I worked until retirement with a large international company, and specialised in electronic security. There were opportunities to travel around the UK and to the United States.
Shortly before retirement, I began to take notice of family history and found much of interest, dating back as far as the twelfth century. It was not until some years after retirement, that I set about verifying what I had learned through a two-week stay in Northumberland, cataloguing local history books and speaking to local people.
Home again, I acquired the local history books I needed, and confirmed my findings with records in the national archives and British history on line. The resulting knowledge was so amazing that it inspired me to write my fictional ‘A Land Apart’ trilogy. I originally began with the framework of the idea for writing a novel around 2010 and published the first book ‘A Land Apart – Betrayal’ in the summer of 2013.
VIC SELBY 1935 - 2016