My first novel, legal suspense/thriller Hatred Ridicule and Contempt, was published in November 2011 and features a libel action told from the newspaper defendant's perspective, with a subplot reflecting some shocking law firm internal politics.
I have moved to actual politics in my second novel Infernal Coalition, a legal/political suspense published in September 2012, where an underhand plan to defraud a solicitors' firm runs in parallel with a law professor's decision to strike back at the party machine that was evidently once keen to encourage her interest in becoming a Parliamentary candidate, only to exclude her in favour of one of their own kind.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Infernal Coalition, a legal/political suspense, is all about standing up against very obvious wrongdoing, rather than simply shrugging it off and letting the perpetrators get away with it. Alex Harris, the solicitor, could have just let it go when the attempt to defraud his firm failed. His law professor wife Susie could have decided to draw a line under it and move on, to coin a phrase, when her short lived Parliamentary ambitions were thwarted by the political class closing ranks and brushing some very questionable conduct under the carpet. Little did they know how soon everything would begin to converge...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The e-publishing boom and the emergence of the Kindle suddenly brought it home that publication of a novel was no longer at the mercy of the traditional cliff climbing route involving agents, editors and bookshops. Many years earlier, demotivation had set in when I was around half way through what eventually became my debut novel, legal thriller Hatred Ridicule & Contempt, and I shelved it. Thanks to e-publishing, the opportunity to cut out the middlemen and still be sure of publication was an overwhelming incentive to dust it off and finish it.
Called upon to defend an acrimonious libel action on behalf of an important newspaper client, newly appointed law firm partner Alex Harris never once expected to find his efforts impeded by wanton disregard for ethics and blatant self interest that crossed all boundaries. Not only on the part of his opponents, but also those he should have been able to trust implicitly and without question…
Law firm partner Alex Harris finds himself on the receiving end of an elaborate scam from a once trusted client. Meanwhile his wife Susie’s political ambitions are treacherously derailed by a once welcoming party machine. Each of them strikes back, never expecting the shocking outcome as their mutual struggles against their opponents become ever more entwined. A legal/political suspense.