Jamie Sinclair


Originally I’m a Yorkshire boy (as of 1976 when I was born) but have lived in Lancashire since I was four. My parents moved to the seaside town of Morecambe. To this day I still love looking at the sea. When my wife and I bought our first house together, condition number was that it had to be near the sea. We were lucky enough to get one with a view right across Morecambe Bay. The town might be struggling, but I’ve been all over the world and have yet to see a better view. I occasionally post pictures of where I live on social media so if you’re interested that’s the place to look.

I have various qualifications including an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. I’d thoroughly recommend the course to anybody with an interest in writing if for no other reason than it’s great to be around like minded folk. I also have a BA (Hons) in English and Urban Policy as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management.

My favourite author is Stephen King. I maintain that when he’s on form he’s as good as anyone has ever been. He’s often sold short as merely a horror writer. Still, he’s hardly struggling for readers. My favourite book is Catcher in the Rye. I accept it’s not everyone’s idea of fun but if there was a book I wish I’d written (or was capable of writing) it’s that one. I tend to post about what I’m reading on the Goodreads website. They’re a friendly bunch so it’s worth stopping by.

I’m an armchair sports fan. I’m a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club and long for a return to the glory years. I also love watching golf but freely admit I enjoyed it a lot more when Tiger Woods was at the top of the game. Tennis is also a favourite. At school I was a big fan of Pete Sampras but in my view Roger Federer has changed the game beyond all recognition. When he’s at his very best, it’s more like art than sport.

I wrote my first novel – Playground Cool – in the summer of 1999. I had just graduated with my BA and was waiting to start the MA in September. I ended up submitting the book as part of my coursework. I was lucky enough to get an agent from my very first letter but then got a dose of reality in the form of a dozen rejection letters from publishers.

My second novel came close to publication with Transworld but the traditional book deal still eludes me. The advent of Kindle and Indie Publishing has made that less of an issue.

If you want to keep up with the latest news then you’re probably better off following me on Facebook or Twitter.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is wherever I happen to be when inspiration grabs me. I write at the kitchen table, in bed, on the couch, even at the office. Sometimes I use a laptop, sometimes a pen and pad. I've also written more than a few pages on planes, trains and in hotels all over the world. Wherever I'm writing, that's my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Yorkshire, England, in a city called Bradford. But my parents moved to the seaside town of Morecambe on the west coast of England when I was four. I grew here and still live in the area. The town is the basis for my writing. All my books, except my first, are set in and around Morecambe. I use buildings, parks, even people, from the town to add colour to my plots. In fact, the covers of two of my books actually feature buildings in Morecambe. Plus, I write about the sea a lot, because I grew up next to it and as I write this can see it from my window. So it's fair to say where I grew up has had a huge influence on my writing.
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Ballroom, Bars and Seawater Baths: Sequel to The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe
Price: $2.87 USD. Words: 94,530. Language: British English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It is 18 months since the Midland Hotel burned to the ground. Now the 24 Hour Jazz Cafe stands in its place. Owner Mitch Johnson is missing, leaving his oldest friend and business partner Rupert Watts to run their new venture. A woman's purse is found by children playing on the beach. A man is brutally murdered in his bathroom. DS Jane Harper must connect the pieces to find a killer.
FEAR - The Confession of Victor Gossard
Price: $2.81 USD. Words: 84,590. Language: British English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What would you do if you killed someone? What if it was a complete accident? What if you were only a teenager? What if you were with your three best friends when it happened? Would you confess? Would you run? Would you be able to live with yourself? Ten years ago Vic and three of his friends killed a girl in the small town of Lancaster where they grew up. Now Vic has returned home to confess.
The Trust
Price: $2.81 USD. Words: 87,380. Language: British English. Published: June 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In 1942, following experiments with Anthrax off the west coast of Scotland, a number of people are infected and die. The bodies are removed under cover of darkness. In present day Lancaster a former mental asylum is being redeveloped. The discovery of a body halts the work. Police are struck by similarities to a body found a year earlier prompting speculation that a serial killer may be at work.
The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe
Price: $2.11 USD. Words: 85,350. Language: British English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Mitch Johnson & best friend Rupert Watts turn amateur detective to try and prevent the murder of a girl. But they must also contend with Don Hague, a central figure in the dark underbelly of the town who blames Mitch for the ruin of his career. The police are watching Mitch, and they are also watching Don Hague. Can Mitch & Rupert convince the police to take them seriously before it's too late?
All The Fun Of The Fair
Price: $2.86 USD. Words: 89,160. Language: British English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Set in the seaside town of Morecambe, All the fun of the Fair features a broad cast of characters. Amongst them is Alfie the lonely Park Keeper. Lee Etchman, heavy drinking lothario, teenage temptress Tania Streatham and former showgirl Edith Hird. The book leads us through their lives to a wonderful denoument where some get their just desserts while others excise the poison of past relationships.
Playground Cool
Price: $2.58 USD. Words: 82,860. Language: British English. Published: November 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ben Torrance is devastated when his girlfriend leaves him in the middle of the night following the latest in a series of arguments about having children. He embarks on a love-fuelled mission to find her. When he learns the truth – that Rhia had an affair and became pregnant by his best friend - Ben has to make a decision. Walk away from the woman he loves or bring up another man's child.

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