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I’m a British novelist. I was born in a large army camp in Yorkshire. My father spent thirty four years of his life in the Royal Tank Regiment, and he happened to be stationed in Catterick when I made my entrance.
Most of my formative years were spent in London where I attended Emanuel School which was much too good a school, and was utterly wasted on me much to my father’s chagrin.
I moved from London to England’s West Country when my first marriage fell apart, and have been there ever since. I currently live with my wife, Sue, my son (and a great mate) Stephen, and a somewhat neurotic border collie called Faith. I love where I live on the Jurassic coast , close to the coastlines of Devon and Cornwall, and I spend as much time as I can just walking and taking in the beauty of this area.
I started writing very late in life. After I retired from a busy life helping small and medium size businesses with their finances, I found myself at a very loose end. A fellow dog-walker suggested I try something artistic, but artistic prowess was zilcho. I could hardly draw a bath! Next she suggested writing. Writing what?
But I gave it a go. Facing a blank screen was daunting in the extreme, but then my characters arrived on the scene, and suddenly I was writing – and couldn’t stop. I had a new parallel existence and I loved it. Many was the time that I was woken during the night and told by one or other of my characters “I wouldn’t have said that” or “I would never do that!” and when I went back to the script, I realised that they were almost always right.
I never plan a book, I let it run with the story, and the people concerned in it. It seems to work for me. The only exception to that statement is the final part of the Ben Coverdale Trilogy. This time I had to work towards a suitable ending, but even so, I was taken by surprise by how it actually ended.
All three books have been self-published by a business that I owned – OBS Publishers.