I’m a Lancashire lad, originally from Preston but have been on the outskirts of Merseyside for a long time now. I have recently moved home and now live in a town called St Helens. It’s in the North West of England between Liverpool and Manchester.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I live in a very tranquil part of St Helens surrounded by lots of green space and wildlife. It’s a superb setting to sit and contemplate life and its meaning, ahead of putting down a few new chapters. St Helens though, has been famous since Victorian times for its glass production and possibly more so for its world’s best rugby league team.
What turns you on creatively?
I love the idea that people might pick up my work and be emotionally stirred in some way. Receiving feedback is very special and spurs me on to write more. Even if the feedback is saying the reader didn’t like some aspect or didn’t connect with the story or its characters, I love the fact that some emotion is created. That really does it for me. That said, I find the process of writing quite easy and I can find inspiration all over the place. I’ve always been comfortable with a ‘pen and paper’, even from a very young age when I used to write poetry and short plays. I suppose it’s what I like doing most.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Wow, what a question. Language is so rich and fundamentally beautiful. There are so many ways to say something or state a point of view. In our society today, I think one of the strongest words we have is inclusive and in my opinion, this word should headline everything we do and say. It’s about respect for all humanity and being kind.
What is your pet peeve?
This is an easy one! Things that don’t work as they should do. Whether that be a process, a machine or an application. I just get so frustrated when I pick something up with a purpose and timeframe attached to it and then, it doesn’t perform as promised. I’ve just moved house and our WiFi keeps failing – it’s driving me mad.
What defines C H Elton?
C.H. Elton is my creative persona. She/He allows me to step outside of myself and explore life across its whole spectrum, away from Steve and his ‘normality’.
I’m from a spiritual family background and foster a strong connection with that side of the world. Some of my experiences are reflected in my poetry works (as yet unpublished) and I’m hoping to share some of those later this year.
The love of my life remains my wife, we’ve been together for almost 20 years and I couldn’t be without her. It’s our 15th wedding anniversary this year and we’re doing something special to celebrate.
C H Elton is the pen name of Steve Chelton who lives with his wife in Newton Le Willows. They have 5 children between them and at present, 3 grandchildren. Steve has been a self-employed consultant working in the UK Insurance industry for several years but is currently not working because of the impact COVID-19 has had across the industry.