Diem Burden

Biography

On my Twitter profile I describe myself as an 'Englishman, lost in Spain', but it hasn't always been that way. I was lost long before I came to live in Spain.

Addicted to writing since 2008, I seriously smiled when my first publication – a short story based on my life – hit the #1 spot in numerous categories on Amazon & Kobo, and has been there, more or less, ever since.
This was followed by three subsequent books in the series, epublishing one a year, each increasing in size over its predecessor. Book 5 finally came in 2020, to conclude that series, and a paper version is also coming.
I'm now working on the next sixteen books, which include a six-book fantasy series based on Dreams.
In 2020, I am going to become a full-time writer. It's fair to say that I'm going to be around for a while.

Welcome to Diem.

Smashwords Interview

What are you doing during the Coronavirus emergency?
Simple answer: staying in under full lockdown in Spain. Unfortunately, we can't go out except for fully justifiable reasons, so no exercising etc. We've been in this (first?) lockdown for 4 weeks now! Fortunately, I have a large house with a garden of over 2000 m2, so I can exercise in the garden easily, and there's plenty of space to move around.
The day job is now non-existent, and we're not even sure if it'll survive this crisis.

So, in the meantime, I have become very productive in my writing role. I have just published all 5 books from my police memoirs in one book collection, and I'm now preparing to have that made into a print version too. I have finished my free ebook which I'm giving to people on my newsletter sign up sheet, and I'm working hard on my first full-length novel, called FILTHY.

Oh, and another book idea came into my head whilst in lockdown, so all's not bad, after all...?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a council estate in a small market town called Uttoxeter, in the English Midlands (if you've seen the Shane Meadows film, 'This is England', you've seen my childhood - the film was based on my town at the time I was a kid there). One of five boys from a working class family, we had to make our own enjoyment. Our life was spent outside on bicycles, exploring the countryside and playing fantasy games, getting hurt and occasionally being brought home by the police!

The third (and middle) child, I was shy, not particularly academically gifted and yet I was very artistic. At school, my paintings and drawings were well received by teachers and students alike, which helped boost my poor self-confidence. I even had one drawing published in the Birmingham newspaper, earning me one pound!

When I was about 11yrs old I came under the influence of a real teacher. Mr Bob Mellor was head of year, head of English, head of library and a true English eccentric. He believed in his pupils and worked hard to get the best out of them. He increased my knowledge, my confidence and above all, he encouraged me to read books.

Eventually, he managed to get me to write a story for a school competition. I began reluctantly, but soon got into the spirit of it. The story was entitled 'The Autobiography of a Golf Ball.' Amazingly, this was also well-received (or perhaps that was just to encourage me?), and probably not for my writing skills but more for my imagination.

By the time I was sent on to High School - thanks to Bob's hard work - I ended up in the top group with the brightest students. My life changed significantly that year. My confidence, creativity and art flourished, right up until I dropped out of further education at 17yrs of age. Sorry about that, Mr Mellor!
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Where to find Diem Burden online

Series

The Rozzers
Five short stories combine to offer you the complete experience of life as a cop in the UK in the 1990s. Each book takes you through one of the various stages of the author's career, from his decision to join the police in the first place, all the way through to his decision to quit, 12 years later. Horrifying incidents, hilarious anecdotes, and downright unbelievable bureaucracy combine to make this a must-read for anybody interested in British policing.
End of the Road
Price: Free!
Cops Don't Run
Price: $0.99 USD.
One for the Road
Price: $0.99 USD.
Thief Taker
Price: $0.99 USD.
Cop Out
Price: $0.99 USD.

Books

The Rozzers Collection
Price: $3.72 USD. Words: 128,570. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal, Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
(4.00 from 1 review)
The memoirs of British cop, Diem Burden, who served on the front-line against crime in Cambridge for twelve years. Each of the stories cover the five, distinct stages of his police career, from a soldier in search of a new job, basic training, learning street craft, becoming an experienced cop, and finally, the different mindset required as a sergeant. An essential read for lovers of cop memoirs.
Cop Out
Series: The Rozzers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,560. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal, Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
Follow the author as he embarks on the next stage of his career as a Police Sergeant, how he copes with the demands of the new job, and of how he moves on from his life as a cop. Closure, all we need is closure ...
Thief Taker
Series: The Rozzers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,940. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
Do you have any idea of what it is that makes 'being a cop' the most memorable time of a person's life?
One for the Road
Series: The Rozzers, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,360. Language: British English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » Social Science » True crime
Some might say that no training can ever prepare you for life as a cop. Ever.
Cops Don't Run
Series: The Rozzers, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,680. Language: British English. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
Policing the streets of Britain in the 1990s was possibly one of the most challenging, complex, tiring, dangerous, overly-criticized and underrated jobs a young man could have chosen to do. So why do it?
End of the Road
Series: The Rozzers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 14,220. Language: British English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
If you thought being an unarmed British cop was tough, deciding to become one can be even tougher.