Biker: Professional driver: Man with his eyes and ears wide open, and a very good imagination: that's author Chris Graham, summed up in just a few words.
His work and play have brought him into contact with a wide range of people from all levels of the social spectrum. His keen eye for those little nuances of character, and a good ear for the language and speech patterns that define people so well, have allowed him to populate his writing with such a varied, recognisable, and entirely believable, cast.
His eye for detail and his appreciation of 'place', as he absorbed his surroundings in the towns, villages, and the countryside that he visited, gave him somewhere for that cast of characters to inhabit.
Put these together with his wide interests in many things, a few situations that really happened to either himself or people he knew, along with, of course, his own imagination, and you get the kind of plots that make his 'Lena's Friends' crime novels what they are.
Get to know these, often flawed, characters. Then like them. Disagree with them. Even despair of them at times.
Recognise the places, or feel as if you do, even if you've never been to them before. Understand those situations that, almost certainly, you have never been in… and some that are so normal that everyone is familiar with. But most of all, enjoy the journey that the books will take you on.