About Me

I have lost count of the number of dead bodies I have seen.

I have fought with drunks, wrestled thieves to the ground, almost been stabbed by a knife wielding burglar on the run and I've experienced the adrenalin rush from many a high speed chase.

On a number of occasions I have also experienced the flight or fight sensation, especially when I was working undercover buying drugs from dealers.

 

That was my past career.  Now I spend my days revisiting those scenes, still firmly handcuffed inside my head and writing about them.

 

I have written stories for as long as I can remember.  In fact, that journey began whilst at primary school, creating adventure tales, emulating my then favourite author Enid Blyton.

 

In my teenage years I progressed into horror, and science fiction, and then at the age of fifteen I discovered the 87th Precinct books by Ed McBain.  This became a turning point in my chosen genre, both to read as well as write.

 

When I joined the police I began jotting down my experiences, crafting incidents I had been involved in into storylines.  As my career developed so did my plots, especially when I became a detective.

 

My first experience as a published author was in 1993 when Wharnecliffe Press of Barnsley offered me my first contract for a series of nostalgic stories about growing up in my home town of Mexborough. 'Legacy of our Backings' and the follow-up book, 'No More Kick-Can and Cobbles' were a success.

 

In 2006 I retired from the police following 32 years service.  Behind me I had a folder full of rich crime material to draw upon.  With no more distractions I began the journey of writing that crime novel I had always promised myself.

 

The first draft was completed within 18 months.  Then I spent another year tightening the prose and in 2010 I began submitting the manuscript.  After only a few rejections I was offered a contract by Caffeine Nights Publishing Limited and in 2012 'Heart of the Demon' was released, together with the follow-up novel, 'Cold Death'.