Not many people know that in a previous life I worked with reptiles – everything from looking after Europe’s largest reptile breeding facility to travelling to the world’s deepest and darkest corners to learn about rare and endangered species.
It all started when I was a young kid, working weekends in a reptile house in the West Midlands. Each month I’d read the glossy reptile magazines and dream about the animals I’d like to breed and the places I’d like to go to see them in the wild. Later, when I started writing for a living, I’d write magazine features about my adventures and the animals I worked with, dreaming that one day I might run my own reptile magazine.
Back in the real world, the magazine industry was dying a death. All of the information magazines once carried was now available online and magazines were slowly dying out. Running my own reptile magazine was unlikely, to say the least.
Fast forward a few years and some rather random planets have aligned to make this dream come true. I won’t bore you with the details, but here’s a taster of the magazine we now produce each month for Peregrine Livefoods.
We produce all of the content, interviews and features for the magazine before handing it over to Vickie at V23 Graphics to do the design work. The magazine has just celebrated its 12th issue and its first year birthday, so we seem to have hit the right note.
Dreams do come true!