My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Split infinitives wherever possible and always bet the four dog.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. So difficult to choose only one. Modesty, perhaps.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Finding beetroot hidden under a piece of lettuce. That and failure. And rats.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Jack the Ripper. "Okay Jack. Come on, who are you and what was that all about?"
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Black pudding. Although I wouldn't live too long.
August 02, 2010I’m trying to play this as cool as possible while desperately attempting an air of casual indifference. But failing. Badly.
On Friday July 23, the shortlist for the 2010 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger was announced and, whether by error or design, my name was there. I did a little jig in the manner of Riverdance (the post-Flatley years naturally) and then quickly looked around to make sure no-one had noticed.
I suspect, like the other seven writers who have been shortlisted, that getting a book published was itself the realisation of a dream and anything that comes after that really is a bonus. So I’m taking this for what it... see more
June 25, 2010Like many authors, I have a blog that I try to keep up to date when time allows. Which hasn't been much of late as a deadline for finishing a new book looms uncomfortably on the horizon.
The title of the blog - Blood and Irony - has never been more apposite, or indeed more ironic, than in the past few days.
On the one hand, I’m the author of a thriller about a taxi driver who goes on a killing spree, murdering people seemingly at random. On the other, I’m still doing the day job as a reporter on a Sunday newspaper.
Last Wednesday, I was told to pack a bag and head for Cumbria – after a taxi driver went on a... see more