First book published by Aurum Press was "Original Rude Boy" - the life of Neville Staple, vocalist in The Specials.
My biography of boxer Errol Christie, "No Place To Hide", was short-listed for the best UK Sports Biography prize, 2011 and long-listed for the prestigious William Hill prize.
"Quest For The True Cross" is the first of a five part Templar adventure series.
A former BBC producer and reporter on Sky News.
Currently, Director of Strategy at the London, UK digital consultancy, CTN Communications.
History and politics are obsessions.
I'm half Irish and half Portuguese!
What made you write a book on the Knights Templar?
Like so many people, I'm fascinated by the Knights Templar. Here was a group of knights who were royal advisers, warriors, bankers, farmers and holy men. They wielded incredible power and have been described as the world's first multinational corporation. Their downfall at the hands of greedy kings and jealous prelates is a moving story ending in gory death.
Did your main character actually exist?
William de Mandeville did exist and became Earl of Essex. The death of his father, the first Earl Geoffrey de Mandeville, was pretty much as I described in the book. He was shot with arrows by King Stephen's soldiers for being a traitor, outlaw and rebel. His body was left hanging from an apple tree at the Knights Templar preceptory in London, forbidden to be buried in holy ground. We see William discover his father's body, which propels him on a quest to find the true cross and restore his family's honour. Geoffrey's tomb can still be seen at the Templar church in London but not William's tomb. Obviously I did take some liberties with their life stories but then this is fiction.
William de Mandeville is a troubled young Templar knight in the turbulent world of the twelfth century. The horrors of war have unbalanced his mind and his aristocratic family is a veritable nest of vipers. Only by taking on a dangerous quest for the most sacred relic in Christendom, can William truly discover himself. But great dangers lie in his way.