Gary Paul Stephenson
Gary has always had a love of the environment learning how to grow plants and vegetables organically from a very young age under the tutelage of his father's gardener. Being bought up around family dogs and his own pet Dutch rabbit engendered an ongoing love of animals. The turbulent British political scene during the 1980's saw his interest rise in politics. During these early years, he started to write his first novel and many poems. Pressures of work, a growing family and increased worldwide travel for international companies saw his writing put aside, time at home spent with family and long country walks with wife and Border collie. A holiday to see the land of his father led the family to take up permanent residence in New Zealand. Following the life-changing diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Gary once again took to writing as a way of keeping his mind active and undertook a creative writing course to hone his skills which he passed with distinction. With his love of the environment and interest in the short term view of politicians, The Charles Langham Series was born. Gary is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors.