WHAT I DO
WHEN DID I START?
I began to write at the age of four. I began with my name. My real name, of course. Since then the scope and, I hope, the quality of my writing has developed.
I am fascinated by words. I have studied some foreign languages and find that illuminates my knowledge of English, not least because English has been enriched so much by other languages over the centuries.
In my career I have had to write reports, memos, letters and procedures. I almost always found that to be one of the more interesting aspects of my job. It taught me some useful lessons.
WHY CRIME FICTION?
I enjoy crime fiction in print and on TV. I enjoy solving puzzles and mysteries. I find that a mystery gives a story a bit of purpose or direction, although some writers manage to do pretty well without including a mystery?
HAVE I ANY EXPERIENCE OF POLICE WORK?
I have never been a police officer but I have investigated financial irregularities including fraud. I found my questioning mind was put to good use. I am now putting it to use in creating fictional crime stories.
WHAT DO I READ?
I read all kinds of books, magazines, papers, adverts, blogs and e-mails.
In fact just about anything. I think whatever you read influences your style, even the things you dislike. I enjoy historical fiction, historical fact, humour, crime mysteries and articles on management and current affairs.
I also like reading the Bible and books about the Christian faith.
WHY HISTORICAL CRIME FICTION?
Some say the Golden Age of crime fiction was the 1920’s and ‘30’s, although there is plenty being produced today. I am sure crime has gone on all down the ages and that at least some people have had a concern for justice, not just revenge, and have tried to employ reason based on evidence to achieve it.
Whilst I enjoy a lot of modern police fiction, I think the use of forensic science, databases and profiling, although to be applauded in real life, can push out the old-fashioned low- tech methods of investigating crime, so a step back into the past helps me take it back to basics.