Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember a day as a nine year old during the summer holidays, when I visited the local library in Bristol four times in one day because a child's ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one of those books, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in our sunny back garden. Yes, you've guessed it: when my family moved to Scotland, it didn't take me long to take up fly fishing. I think I was fifteen when I caught my first trout.

I now live in the west-country, in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury (famous for other reasons since the Skripal poisoning), although I set my novels in the neighbouring county of Dorset. We own a lovely flat in the small Dorset coastal town of Swanage, and spend a lot of time there, walking the famous Jurassic Coast world heritage site. The early novels in the series are based on the Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK's most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.

I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time I've edited a passage for the umpteenth time it's beginning to lose some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until it's as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel some justifiable pride.

Who are my own favourite writers? Hilary Mantel, of course. Not just the the recent Thomas Cromwell novels, but the brilliant and sly characterisation of Beyond Black.
Doris Lessing has written some startlingly original stories over many years. I'm also a great fan of David Mitchell. He shows great creativity in all of his novels.
Philip Pullman has written many books of startling originality, full of imaginative ideas. Not just the Lara series, but the earlier Sally Lockhart novels. One of my sons bought me La Belle Sauvage (volume one of the Book of Dust trilogy) for Christmas. I loved it, so much so that I re-read it a month later, something very rare for me. Wonderful stuff. I'm just totally hooked on anything he writes.
Another author I've come to admire greatly is Charity Norman. She writes about families in crisis situations and how the problem is partly resolved. I came to her books with "The New Woman", a novel that probes the problems created by gender variance. Her other novels are equally good. Her writing style is outstanding.
I've recently read "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold and was bowled over by it. So much emotional punch and so well written. I'll be packing her other novels to read on my forthcoming holiday.

In crime fiction I like Val McDiarmid's work, Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie novels and the books of Mo Hayder. I also enjoy Colin Dexter's Morse, Ian Rankin's Rebus novels and the Cormoran Strike novels of J K Rowling.

I cannot compete with these greats, so I aim for something different. I hope that I have succeeded to some extent.

Please feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have questions about any of my novels. I have included a contact form on the Contact page.

You can read more about me on my Amazon Author Page.


Page updated March 2020.