I am married with adult children. Originally from Blackburn, Lancashire I served in the Royal Navy for ten years including in the Falklands’ War before coming to Australia. I was a police officer for many years before being medically retired after being seriously injured in an assault. My books are about normal people trying to live their lives but who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances and feel the sense of helplessness as they are driven by events. I have a great sense of justice and fairness and that tends to drive my storylines.
Describe your desk
I do all my work on a computer. I have embraced technology since I first bought a ZX81, I had to type a lot as a police officer and find the machines hate me. I have dual screens so I have my manuscript on the left and research / notes / maps on the right. When my wife’s cat isn’t trying to sit on the keyboard I find I can power along quite nicely like that. My desk is a 120 year old ex-Queensland Government teachers' desk made of Silky Oak. It used to have a leather inlay but as it needed replacing anyway I did so with solid timber as being more practical. My desk is usual fairly messy with leads, headphones and empty cups and, cat hair everywhere.
A picture taken during the relief work following the 2011 Japanese Tsunami becomes famous for showing a US relief worker comforting a young Japanese mother. It becomes a symbol of hope and of help freely given. Neither of the subjects can be identified preferring to be anonymous. Other people see the financial potential of the picture and will stop at nothing to use it to seek celebrity fame.
A mystery thriller set in Eugene, Oregon. Alice Reed is desperate to find the evidence to clear her brother Alex of his wife's murder but she had given up until a chance encounter gives new life to not only her investigation but also the shocking truth of what happened to the missing woman.