SC Skillman
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Who are you thankful to?

Thanks to: .
  • my father Ken Skillman who first gave me a stamped addressed envelope to submit my stories to a London publisher when I was 12 years old.
  • my secondary school English teachers Mr Thompson and Mr Stanley, both of whom encouraged and believed in me. 
  • the late Frank Goodridge, English Literature lecturer at the University of Lancaster, who upon reading a lengthy poem I had submitted for discussion at his creative writing course, said, “Who wrote this Whitmanesque hymn of life to the elements?”
  • John Labbé, Contemporary American Literature tutor who exerted a powerful fascination for me and for a number of my fellow-students throughout our course. He introduced me to some of my all-time favourite books, e. g. Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and the poetry of Sylvia Plath
  • David, Abigail and Jamie for their patience and support throughout the creation of all three of my books and my new novel Director's Cut (currently with my editor).