I live in an outlying Pennine village and share this blustery environment with a growing collection of books, my understanding wife and a workshop piled high with offcuts of oak. Our two grown-up children are among my best friends.
I've been interested in writing since I was at primary school and began interviewing celebrities when I was 15, going on to write professionally on many different subjects for various magazines over the following years. Oak Seer: A Supernatural Mystery was the first of my published novels, followed by Flither Lass, a historical novel set during the First World War. My fictionalized memoir How Much for a Little Screw? – Tales from behind the counter and its "equel" All Mod Cons are based on many years working as a hardware man. My biggest critic is my technical manager, Gerald the cat.
I'm a member of the Open and University College Falmouth alumni, and my hobbies include woodworking, reading, watching lots of screen drama, and publishing books for the Walmsley Society. Oh yes, and searching for that elusive moment of self-discovery. Hmm, no sign of it yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Wanting to take people to a place that I have created, or with characters that I have made up. It's escapism for the readers, and I get to go there too.
What do your fans mean to you?
Naturally, if they read my books then I think my fans are fantastic! But also I appreciate that they are willing to spend their time going with me to the places and people I write about.
This little book includes a plan for building a beach hut for your garden, similar to those found on seaside promenades: approx. 12 feet long and eight feet wide, with pitched roof and covered veranda. The design uses strong methods of construction and can be tailored to suit your own sizes. With cutting and materials lists, suggested tools and over 100 illustrations.
Jack Briscoe is a loner with two passions: woodwork and womanizing. Stricken by a curse, his ability to work and his sexual prowess are cruelly torn away and visions from the past take over his life. Is an ancient oak carving of a monstrous face his ruthless enemy? When the paranormal malevolence attacks his former women friends, he tries to exorcise the past. But maybe the past is exorcising him.