Ian Ford

Biography

Ian Ford is an English author best known for The Inspection series of books. He was born in Sheffield in 1974 to a working-class family: his mom worked as a cook in a rundown primary school and his dad worked as a kitchen fitter for one failing business after another. With his one brother, Ian grew up in such upper-class council estates as the Manor, Gleadless Valley and Darnall and was educated at Myrtle Springs Secondary School; a place where pupils entertained themselves by trying to cut each other's' throats with salvaged pencil sharpener blades.

Despite such a privileged and rich upbringing, as an adult Ian decided to slum it with the dregs of society and become a secondary school teacher. In his illustrious time in this bottom of the barrel profession, he taught mathematics at various schools around Sheffield before finally bettering himself and becoming a writer, via other such well-respected professions as Postman and call centre operator.

Ian's first book, The Inspection: Part One, draws heavily on his experiences as a teacher; offering a darkly humorous view of a school under government inspection… but with less bloodshed. He is currently balancing his time between writing his second book - The Inspection: Part Two (funnily enough) - and working at the home of sport- Sky TV.

Ian still lives in Sheffield, England with his gorgeous partner Sarah and his pet monkey Jack (Jack is his little boy and he's gorgeous before you call social services - I know some of you have itchy dialling fingers). As well as finishing the concluding three parts of his first novel - The Inspection - he is in the process of writing a book about a serial killer terrorising a quiet English village called 'Redlock', a children's book entitled 'The Wishfactory' and an attempt to bring the slasher movie vibe to the book medium with 'Wax'.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing pretty much all my life since I was at primary school when I wrote my own version of The Little Shop of Horrors, disturbing my 6th grade teacher in the process (If I remember correctly the plant ate all the other characters (including Seymour) quite graphically and was ruling the world by the end).
Life kind of got in the way in adulthood and although I kept starting stories I never seemed to have the time to finish them, with teaching giving me so little spare time (for those who think that all teachers do is holiday then you are WRONG).
Now I am a full time author I have the time required to go back and finish those stories and I look forward to you all getting a chance to read them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, The Inspection: Part One, draws heavily on my own terrifying experiences working as a teacher during one of the most stressful events known to man - a government inspection. In creating the book I wanted to instil in the reader the sort of terror and constant tension that goes hand in hand with one of these inspections but also highlight the gallows humour it brings out of people. The majority of the story is based on real events, although highly exaggerated, and my won observations.
It follows two characters during an inspection day: Sam an honest teacher in the process of being unfairly sacked by the school and Millie the girl who helped create the lie that led to this. Throw in a blood thirsty inspection team; an immortal Lead Inspector and a faculty of misfits and you have a violent, dark comedy that will leave you guessing who will survive right to the very end.
Part one of the four part story follows Sam as he prepares for his disciplinary with the corrupt leadership team of King Henry's School in the small Derbyshire village of Redlock. Millie, having being drawn into the web of lies that have led to Sam's current situation, is having a morality crisis and is on the verge of confessing all.
Both their days, however, are about to take a much darker turn as Mr Amarande and his team of immortal government inspectors arrive with one clear purpose - destroy everyone and everything deemed unacceptable.
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Books

The Inspection: Part One and Two
Series: The Inspection. Price: $1.79 USD. Words: 74,910. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
"Nice … opening to what could be a cracking story. In parts funny and with a couple of really tense scenes, especially the ending" – 5 out of 5 GoreGeeks.com. For the pupils and staff at King Henrys School in the quite village of Redlock getting to the end of today is going to be murder. The Inspectors are in and death has come with them. Part one and two of a four part anthology.
The Inspection: Part Two
Series: The Inspection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,910. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The second book in the acclaimed The Inspection Series. For the staff and pupils of King Henry's the day continues; the inspectors are watching and stress levels are high. As the death toll rises and the blood shed mounts can they survive the morning and figure out what is going on before it is too late. The Inspectors have arrived and hell has come with them.
The Inspection: Part One
Series: The Inspection. You set the price! Words: 41,250. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
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"Nice … opening to what could be a cracking story. In parts funny and with a couple of really tense scenes, especially the ending" – 5 out of 5 GoreGeeks.com. For the pupils and staff at King Henry's School in the quite village of Redlock getting to the end of today is going to be murder. The Inspectors are in and death has come with them.

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comedy    comedy horror    gory    gory thriller    horror    horror comedy    horror fiction    horrorcomedy    humorous    humour    satire    scary    suspense    teen horror    thriller    undead    vampire   

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