Kev Edwards is a Cornishman born and raised with the sound of waves crashing against the shore below his bedroom window. From an early age he decided to join the British Merchant Navy as a navigator. Coming ashore some years later he joined the Civil Service and now works as a free-lance consultant. Kev lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and has two adult daughters.
Describe your desk
It's usually pretty clear. Above it are four photographs that I look at every day. The first is of my parents, neither sadly still with me. My Dad was a voracious reader and loved adventure books. I write with him very much in mind. The second is of my Mother-in-Law, again, sadly no longer with us and again a voracious reader. If I write something and feel that they wouldn't approve, I delete it! The third picture is of my brother, Terry. He died in 2007 and his picture reminds me of his standards of written and spoken English. He was a teacher and all his writing, whether private or professional, was always of the highest standard. The final picture is of my wife, daughters and dog who, each in their own way, inspire me to continue writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are extremely important. I find it humbling that people actually paid money to read my first book. I hope that they enjoyed it. From the reviews that I have had so far, it seems they did. It is no exaggeration that without them, there would be little point in writing. But, I would like more feedback so I can really write what they want to read. I have almost completed my second book and this will go into the proof reading stage soon.
Formed by William Smart, an ex-British Merchant Navy Commodore, the IMP is an agency of the United Nations dedicated to fighting maritime crime across the world's oceans.
IMP operatives are usually former merchant navy sailors, or have worked with special forces, police and security services or the armed forces.
They are highly trained troopers, used to fighting at sea and are dedicated to fighting marine crime wherever it happens.
IMPs have already helped to reduce piracy off the east coast of Africa and around the Asian coastlines. They are actively involved in eradicating human trafficking and have helped individual countries fight the scourge of terrorism.
But, as well as these specialist crimes, IMPs also help national police and security forces tackle serious and organised sea-based crime.
Commodore William Smart, Ben Petersen and Ellie Bannerman fight hardened criminals and terrorist sympathisers off the Isles of Scilly in this latest International Marine Police adventure. Their search for gold bullion, lost in a shipwreck in the 1960s, puts them in untold danger as the wreck also houses deadly chemical weapons. Their task is to locate the wreck before the criminals reach it.
The International Marine Police fight a gangster turned human trafficker who kidnaps villagers from remote Somali areas and ships them to Peru where a local gang leader sells them on. Each shipload brings a life of enforced misery to the kidnapped villagers. But, as the story unfolds the IMP learn that some captives are to be sold to terrorists intent on slaughtering thousands of US citizens.