Tell us about yourself.
I’m a journalist who for many years was with BBC TV news producing and then editing the main TV news shows. Started out on local papers in the dim, distant past. Currently run a media consultancy business. Avid reader of crime fiction.
Tell us about your latest book.
Someone Out There is my first thriller. It’s about divorce lawyer, Laura Maxwell, who believes she’s being targeted by someone intent on destroying her. It’s about obsession, fear, isolation; about how quickly life can unravel and how well you ever really know the people around you.
When did you start writing?
I only started writing fiction a few years ago. Up until then, it was all factual stuff. I did write a few short stories as a teenager but never dared to send them off.
What drew you to the world of crime?
Probably all the real life crimes I’ve written copy on over the years, some of them so incredible and bizarre they would never have got past a literary agent!
Where do you write?
Wherever I can but preferably at home at a desk looking out at the garden and some woods beyond.
Which other authors do you admire?
Difficult because there are a lot. To pick a few: Patricia Highsmith, Barbara Vine, Daphne Du Maurier, Graham Greene , Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Stephen King and Iain M Banks.
Book you wished you’d written?
To Kill a Mockingbird
Greatest fictional criminal: Count Fosco in The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Greatest fictional detective: Arkady Renko
What scares you?
The usual things: wars, real life killers, cruelty – oh and politicians.
Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination?
Not really though it might be best to keep it to myself to avoid any strange looks.
3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE.
Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
What’s your poison?
Vodka, rum, gin, need I go on?
Are you on social media?
Yes, I’m on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.