I discovered my love for reading at the same time, or perhaps slightly after, I developed my hatred of football. Both strong emotions were kindled by teachers; one who dismissed my genuine desire to use sport as a way to lose weight and the other by a caring headmistress who pointed me to the library.
Rowlands Gill Library was a small branch but it was less than five minutes from my house (quicker if you run!) and had a librarian, Lindy, who became the centre of my life. An avid fan of the TV show Dr Who (Tom Baker reincarnation) I quickly found and read every television time-traveller novel they had. Which led to more and more literature.
I read everything in the children's library, absorbing plots, themes, and characters at a seemingly unstoppable speed. Noticing my voracious reading - everything they had to offer, Lindy broke the rules and issued my with an ADULT library ticket. As one would expect, my choice in books was monitored and censored.
From the early reading of my youth, the desire to actually write was born. This was as far as it went until I met my disability. Then I started to write. The joy of getting into print led to the need to be published again and again. This turned into the need to edit and publish rather than 'only' write.
The overwhelming urge to make a book, drew me to Dead Guns Press, and John Thompson. I absorbed much knowledge and the short-lived Skinned Knuckles Press was rushed into existence.
With the creation, and expansion, of self-publishing, it has never been easier to get your work printed. As was the case with Skinned Knuckles Press, you can't polish a turd, and the new companies fold as quickly as they appear.
Esskaye Books has already survived the tricky first year and a brighter, bolder future is evolving and the to answer why start a business? can only be as Billie Piper once said - because I want to.