I have always enjoyed writing. Obviously as a Police Officer a large proportion of your time is consumed by writing and taking statements, or submitting forms. I have historically started a number of books but never got to finish them. Personal tragedies taking effect. I started CHIS in the middle of April last year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The adventure of taking a small pebble and turning it into a mountain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That is a difficult question. I have been through tough times. I lost my son at the tender age of 14. Then my wife, who couldn't cope with his passing, took her own life. I guess my three daughters and eight Grandchildren are my inspirations to life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I spent a considerable length of time on the Intelligence Unit, while employed as a Police Officer. Most literature that I have read often depicts an informant to be a sleazy, untrustworthy rat. This is not always the case, and I have dealt with a number of informants, who by character were good guys. I just wanted to highlight the difference between an agent and a grass.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to CHIS. The main character in the story is a young lady who has had mental illness problems throughout her life, but as in CHIS, Charlie Jackson is working on numerous cases at the same time. Look out for it. It's called ABLE.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a Private Investigator, but am a bit picky when taking on new clients. I also run a youth Football club, and am also a boxing coach. Sports take up a lot of my time.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea, just a basic plot and I start writing. The story tends to lead me to where it should be going. I never re-visit it for editing purposes until I have written those two words. 'The End'.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I don't have a house.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
We moved around a lot when I was younger because of my Father's work. I was born in Birmingham, then we moved several times, to Coventry, London, Ashford, Dartford and then Gravesend all before I was ten years old. We seemed to settle in Gravesend which is where my first novel is based.
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