Dean Sharples (Deano) has been writing and programming since the early 1990s. He has written numerous articles and tutorials for Atari ST diskzines such as Stosser, Power, ST+ and Atari Times. He has also written a number of fictional short stories. He is also a computer programmer who has written software for the BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum Atari ST, Amiga and PC. In 1993 he formed Silly Software and released a selection of titles for the Atari ST and Amiga. He is currently writing and programming on the PC and plans to release a number of works in the next few years.
Dean was born in Rochdale in England and now lives in Manchester in England. He lives with his wife Intan. He is a big fan of retro gaming and loves to play the games he was brought up with. He is also a practising Muslim.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was very fond of the many books I read at school. The earliest ones I can remember were a set of books about pirates such as Rodrick the Red, Gregory the Green and Benjamin the Blue. I loved the idea of being able to escape into a different world where I could be anything I wanted to be.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of a catchy title and sub-title to capture the reader's attention. I also pay attention to finding a suitable picture that works with the book I write. I believe many people really do judge a book by its cover.
Six chilling ghost stories for your entertainment which include:
THE WALLET: Jack Waite is a small time crook who attacks a man for his wallet. Taking the money he throws the wallet away thinking he can move on...but can he?
THE PERFECT MURDER: A writer wants to get rid of his lazy co-writer who holds a secret over him. He plots the perfect murder but does it work for him?