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I grew up in Sheffield as the youngest of five children. My Dad was a steelworker and my Mum was a cook at a city centre Department store. I studied Literature at The University of Essex, where I developed an interest in twentieth century American writers, particularly Jack Kerouac, F Scott Fitzgerald, and Raymond Chandler. My short stories and poetry have been published in UK anthologies and magazines.
I had a career in Local Government, mainly in South Yorkshire, before writing fiction in the mystery/thriller genre which seeks to entertain and shine a light on contemporary social and political issues. I was inspired to write by a love of language and the challenge of using it well to create memorable stories, characters, and places. If readers turn the pages of my book with interest until the end, and don’t feel the urge to check chapter lengths half way through, then I’ll be a happy author.
I’ve been an Owls fan since the days of McCalliog and Fantham. Glory times are just round the corner! Cricket is a big passion too. Memories of England’s victory in the 2005 Ashes series still make me smile. Favourite pastimes include visits to the coast, enjoying good food and wine with family and friends, as well as current affairs, arts, and sports programmes.
My daughter Anna is a teacher in Malaysia, and my son Joe is a professional musician in London.
I live in Sheffield with my wife, Virginia, and our border collie, Kel.
‘The Rocket Post’ is my first novel.