Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Leicestershire in the UK and has two grown-up children, Christopher and Charlotte, and a charismatic budgie named Alfie.
He is a former radio presenter, newsreader and phone-in show host, but always wanted to become a fiction writer -- a dream that came true when his first novella was published in 2012 at the age of 56.
Now the author of four novels, two additional novellas, and two compilation ebooks of his magazine columns, he was signed by Creativia in August 2017.
Stewart was inspired to start writing fiction from watching the original television series of Doctor Who way back in 1963 when he was just seven. He says: “I became enraptured by the storylines which could take place at any time in Earth’s history and future, and absolutely anywhere in the universe and beyond. I started creating my own worlds and my own characters, writing my stories in little blue notebooks until my parents bought me a portable typewriter for my ninth birthday.
“And those make-believe worlds became invaluable after my Dad died when I was 11. I retreated more and more into those places where I was in control of my characters’ fate – knowing that whatever happened to them during the story I would make sure they were okay in the end. My worlds were certainly better than the real one at that time.
“I know my work is not great literature, but my readers tell me it’s extremely entertaining, and describe me as a ‘genuine storyteller.’
Inspiration for his storylines and plots can come from anywhere and at any time. They’ve included a walk in Cranford Park in London, reading an article on the Chernobyl disaster, and a couple of real-life brushes with the supernatural. “And the idea for my first Creativia novel, ‘To Rise Again,’ came from visiting the underground hospital on Jersey during my honeymoon on the island in 1982. The idea’s been floating around in my head since then!”
Now preferring to go barefoot most of the time, when not writing Stewart can often be found hiking in bare feet on woodland trails and urban streets. Also, away from writing, he is an active awareness campaigner for mental health and sepsis, and was named on the 2016 list of "Inspirational Mental Health Advocates that are changing the world."