Welcome to Brooks Books. My name is Mike Brooks, and this website showcases my creative writing and editorial services.
After completing my degree, I trained as a journalist then worked as a writer, sub-editor and editor for over 25 years. I also write fiction, with my first novel, The Machine Society, published in 2016.
I began training as a psychotherapist in 2009, qualifying with a Masters degree in 2016. I’ve been seeing clients since 2013, and started my own private practice in 2017.
After training as a journalist – Certificate in Reporter Journalism with Sheffield University; National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism – I worked for local newspapers in Goole and London. I then edited in-house magazines for a major department store chain and, for 16 years, worked as the editor for an international development agency producing news magazines and marketing material.
I've undertaken a variety of freelance projects, working as an editor, copywriter and proofreader in a wide range of fields, including market research, the charity sector and psychology.
My first creative writing project was a comic aimed at students, called The Winebibber, which took a sympathetic but satirical look at religion. The comic was eventually compiled and published by HarperCollins as The Big Holy One.
Examples of other creative writing projects can be found here.
My first published novel is The Machine Society, a dystopian fiction set in London following a North/South war in the UK. The book is a thriller and a satire on how modern life has become submerged in branding, consumerism and virtual reality.
Psychotherapy: proofreading for therapists
I have a degree in pyschology from Lancashire Polytechnic and a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from Northampton University. I currently run a private psychotherapy practice in west London.
Working in this field, I have ve developed a keen interest in the cross-over between writing and therapy, which includes supporting students and psychotherapists with the preparation of essays, college work, papers and books.
Additionally, I have an interest in memoir, autobiography and family history. I like to help people tell their stories, which can be a highly rewarding and therapeutic exercise, as well a gift to their families.
Memoir, autobiography and family history
I am a keen reader of autobiography and memoir. I like the way a person’s story, told in their own words, can give a direct sense of that person.
I have experience of researching my own family history and know that remarkable discoveries can be made. I am now eager to help others capture their stories.
Read more about my memoir-writing service.