I was born in Scotland. My wife and I have been married for over 40 years and have two children and three grandchildren. We left Scotland in 1981 and settled in Thousand Oaks, California where we lived for 20 years before relocating to Austin Texas, where we now live.
I am an engineer by profession having spent most of my professional working life in the enterprise software industry. I retired from the software industry in 2014 and now write crime fiction novels.
The Detective Bill Ross Crime Series follows the exploits of Bill Ross a retired Scottish police detective now living in Austin. He spent a long and successful career with the London Metropolitan police Major Crime division in their cold case unit. Today he volunteers with the Travis County police cold case team where is son Tommy (a former US Marine) is a detective.
My inspiration to write crime fiction came from reading the works of many of the great crime writers. I am particularly passionate about Scottish crime fiction writers. This group of writers, referred to by some as Tartan Noir, include Ian Rankin, Denise Mena and of course William McIlvanney.
Some additional information about me:
1. I has have travelled the world extensively.
2. I am a trained chef.
3. I love golf.
4. I lived in Germany for two years.
5. I worked for many years with the US Department of Defense.
6. I have been on a nuclear submarine and have driven a tank.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have an extensive list. Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon are all well known. Then there are the more modern writers in the genre including, Denise Mina, Steig Larrson and Ian Rankin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a morning person, always have been. The morning is the time of day when I am at my most creative. As they day wears on I tend to lose energy and creativity. Each morning I am out of bed by 6:30 and by seven I am in my study. I have a large leather chair that face my garden and I will have my laptop in front of me and I write. I have stories to tell and when I start a new novel, the story will flow. It's like turning on a faucet it just flows. I then have to go back and edit and re-edit.
Bill Ross was born in Scotland and was a detective in the London Metropolitan Police (The Met) Major Crimes Division. His nickname in The Met was “sniffer” for his uncanny knack of being able to piece together clues that others had missed. He and his family emigrated to the US in the 90’s when he took early retirement from The Met and took the role of head of corporate security for a major software company headquartered in California.
Today, Bill Ross is now retired and living in Austin, Texas where he volunteers as a special officer with the Travis County Police Department cold case unit. His son, Tommy Ross, is a detective with the cold case unit and joined the Travis County Police Department after serving in the Marine Corps. Tommy, Bill and Detective Marie Mason, the third member of the team, are on the trail of killers who may have thought that they had gotten away with their crimes.
The first book in the Bill Ross Crime Series, The End of Summer, was published in May of 2015. Book two, What’s Left is Right, will be published in November 2015.
The investigation of the gruesome killing of an American war hero on the shores of Lake Travis, Austin, Texas, uncovers a frightening scenario. Criminal cartels and politicians in lockstep in an evil dance to fuel their insatiable lust for power and control.
A woman is found lying on a recliner by the pool in a vacant home in Austin, Texas. She is spectacularly beautiful. She is dead. Can Scottish detective Bill Ross track down a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again?