Ben Westerham

Biography

Ben grew up in the once rural county of Kent, spending as much time as humanly possible with his mates causing mayhem in the nearby countryside. Later he spent three years as an undergraduate in the altogether different environment of what was then the recovering metropolis of Manchester. A fabulous place for a student.

It was as this idealic phase of life came to an end, and the depressing world of work began to take its place ,that Ben's urge to give vent to his creative side started to seep out in a growing stream of bits and pieces writing. A disjointed and eclectic mix for a long time, this eventually morphed in to complete pieces of work, covering novels, poetry, song lyrics, plays and even a few pieces of non-fiction. Having completed what felt like an excessively long apprenticeship, Ben chose to focus on the world of crime, in particular drawing on his experience of that whirlwind of a decade, the 1980s.

Humour is an important and frequently present element of Ben's writing. Although primarily there to entertain the reader, it also helps Ben avoid the trap of taking himself and his writing too seriously.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
I can't help it. I keep trying to stop, thinking there must be something wrong with me, but the words keep seeping out. You could see it as an illness, but personally, I try to look on the bright side and see it as a blessing.
Where do your ideas for characters and plots come from?
No idea. You think I jest, but it's true. The less I try dreaming up ideas then the more easily they come to me. And of course there's those last two or three minutes just before you nod off to sleep when your head fills with stunningly great material and you tell yourself you'll make a note of all that when you wake up in the morning ...
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Where to find Ben Westerham online


Books

The Good Con
Price: $4.99 $1.25 USD. (75% off!) Words: 71,520. Language: British English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
She’s Queen of the dancefloor and would-be Queen of the con and she’s about to give London based PI David Good a right old run-around.
Smart Way to Die
Price: $2.49 $1.87 USD. (25% off!) Words: 26,920. Language: British English. Published: June 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When you’re dressed for living and full of beans, a run-in with death might not be all that is seems..
Too Good to Die
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 70,880. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
She’s lost in the land of the living. He’s desperate to keep her from the land of the dead.
Good Girl Gone Bad
Price: $2.49 $1.87 USD. (25% off!) Words: 15,270. Language: British English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Meeting the perfect woman can have its downsides, as London based PI David Good is about to find out.
Good Investigations
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 85,300. Language: British English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
She's blonde. She’s clever. She’s in his office. London based PI David Good doesn’t stand a chance.
The Strawberry Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: British English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Meet, for the first time, David Good, Private Investigator. Plying his trade in 1980s South London, the PI with pliable morals, a taste for blondes and a full-on sense of humour, turns out to be a big softie as he takes up the challenge of sorting out yet another domestic mess.

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