Ten years ago I worked in a packing factory, I had no qualifications, just a sack full of dreams. Every day after I finished my shift I would write short stories for my own enjoyment, and gather information and anecdotes for what would later become my book, Into the Dragon’s Lair: A Supernatural History of Wales.
The book took four years to research and write. I submitted it to numerous agents and publishers, none of whom were interested. Eventually, on the 12th or 14th submission, I had a stroke of luck and a small independent publisher in Wales called Gwasg Carreg Gwalch took a chance on me and published 2000 copies of the book.
Cue promotional appearances on local radio stations and reviews / interviews all over the Welsh press. Contrary to what a lot of people believed, I didn’t make a lot of money from my book (the agreement was that I would recieve 15% of the cover price, which was