Fred Covins is an ex-film and theatre photographer plus an artist and author of many books, including children's books and historical novels such as The Breaking Sword (historical novel), The Battle of Badger's Wood (children's), Fly bird! Fly (children's), Gnor Bodi (historical novel), Malvern Between the Wars (history) and The Arboretum Story (history).
Fred took time out of his busy work schedule to answer a few of our questions.
What was your first job?
In an Art Department when I was 14 years old.
Do you have any strange hobbies?
I am into antiquities in pottery.
How do you get your ideas?
From looking out of the window and reading.
What did you have for breakfast today?
I never eat breakfast.
How many books have you written?
Six are published with several ready to be marketed.
Who would you most like to see fall into a bottomless ditch?
Which do you like writing best? Children's stories or adult fiction?
What are you working on at the moment?
The Saxon Invasion of England.
Tell us a joke you've made up.
Man sitting at PC, screen reads press any key to continue, Man on phone, "Which key is 'Any'?"
Where can we see your photographic work exhibited?
Any front of house production or film by me...or...www.pipeelm.com
Who first spotted your talent?
The Publishers Constables.
What is your favourite poem?
'The Windhover' by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Where you gifted as a child?
Have you always been artistic?
If you weren't who you are, what would you be?
Can you dance?
Who designs your book covers?
Jane Faber and Lottie Vos.
Tell us about a famous person that you've met.
Sammy Davis Jnr. and Jerry Lewis. The most talented men I've ever had the pleasure to work with during my Film & Theatre Photography days.
Have you written an autobiography of your life?
Which of your books would make a brilliant film?
The two children's books I've already mentioned and GNOR BODI! An historical novel.