Nigel Wild

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About Me
Here For
Writing, Critiquing, Support, Networking

A petrolhead since my teens, I simply love cars and F1. My particular fetish is classic cars and I have a 1972 Triumph TR6 sportscar in my garage. A gold standard advanced driver, I was a finalist in the Daily Telegraph Driver of the Year competition in 1998, the last year it was held. An experienced woodworker, I put my skills to good use in renovating our French house. Now with a well-equipped workshop in my cellar, I make all manner of things wooden and am learning woodturning on my lathe. My next hurdle is to learn the tenor sax, now that I have some time to spare and can take the instrument from its case for the first time in four years. My writing interests are journalism and novels. For seven years, I wrote monthly features for lifestyle and business magazines and I want to revive my professional work. In 2012, I published my first novel 'Nightwalk' the pacy and passionate war of an unlikely French resistance hero. My genre is storytelling, readable yarns you just cannot put down. Novel No2 is on the stocks, with research and potential plots buzzing.

Favorite Music
Very catholic tastes, so in our house, you may hear Queen, Beethoven, Elkie Brooks, brass bands or Elvis.

Favorite Movies
Love Actually, Bullitt, Jungle Book, James Bond (the real ones, not Daniel Craig), The Guns of Navarone

Favorite Books
A Town Like Alice and anything by Nevile Shute; Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less; The Da Vinci Code.

Favorite Quotations
An amateur assumes, a professional checks. Qui s'excuse, s'accuse.

General About Me
I just love change, new things and languages. Between 1972 and 1975, I spent three years in Germany with the RAF, travelling Europe and improving my German. I spent a couple of years working in Saudi Arabia in the 80s, returning in 2009 to design and build the country's first biotechnology incubator. This offers premises and business advice to fledgling biotech startups. Over the years, I have travelled widely, often to godforsaken spots, as nobody drills for oil and gas anywhere nice. I have realised my long-held dream to live in France and my French improves by the day. My basic profession (believe it or not) has been Human Resources, rising to HR Director. I ran a successful consultancy, advising small and medium enterprises on their HR. I am a very good counsellor and mediator, a useful skill in the HR world! I also have strong organisational skills and have masterminded a number of events. Above all, I am approachable, keen to help and keen to learn.

Shout Box
Feb 22nd 2017

Welcome from me too, Nigel! Belated as the message is...

Feb 21st 2017

Hi Nigel! Welcome! I'm Nicola (some of the time at least - the rest of the time I'm Nina) and I live somewhere south of you down at the bottom of Spain, where I live a hermit-like existance on top of a mountain. Looking forward to reading your work. XXX

Feb 15th 2017

Hi Nigel. Another warm welcome from Canada. Hope we can exchange some good stories soon. 

Feb 13th 2017

Hi  Nigel and a very warm welcome from the other side of the world.

Anything you need to know - just ask, we are all very friendly!


Feb 13th 2017

So good to have you, welcome aboard!


Feb 13th 2017

Welcome to Writer's Abroad, Nigel. Hope to see you posting soon.

Feb 13th 2017

Welcome, Nigel. I live not a million miles from you. In fact, we had some contact a few years ago when you were looking for people to appear in Living France articles. I believe you already know Lesley. Any questions, just ask. 

Feb 13th 2017

A very warm welcome Nigel, from across the pond. Hope you enjoy WA, and if you need any help finding your way around, just yell.  Sue

Feb 13th 2017

Hi Nigel, I've approved your membership now so you should be able to start making your way around. Upload a photo, so we can put a picture to the name and welcome aboard!