The Short Biog
Cracking on a bit now. Ex-Copper. Married. Two sons. Mental dog. Lives in East Sussex (it’s nice there). Likes photography, walking, making stuff up and putting it into book format.
The Longer Biog (if you’re interested…)
I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. During my time I served in crime, drug, robbery, fraud and murder squads and got to see a bit of life. Having called it a day, I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.
Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).
I dug out an old screenplay I’d written when I was still in the job and set myself a challenge to turn it into a novel and, within six months, it became ‘The Sky Is Crying’. I put it out on Amazon and whilst it garnered all five star reviews, it quickly sank out of sight and left me wondering what to do next.
In April of this year (2018) I took a risk and submitted ‘The Sky’ to Joffe Books. For those of you who don’t know them, they are one of the biggest independent book publishers in the country and I nearly fell of my chair when my submission was accepted. Thank you Jasper!
My style of writing is hard-hitting, fast-paced, violent and carry moral messages that you might have to dig a bit deeper for. I try not to use more words than is necessary although more than a few of them are of the swearing variety. Hey! People swear. And they swear a fu@king lot in my world. I will unashamedly tackle issues where some writers fear to tread. Wait for book 2.
The main protagonists in my books, Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks, and the shit they get themselves into are based loosely on characters and cases I’ve known.
When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.
I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut, bone-idle’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.