I have graduated four times from three different English universities and have a PhD in Radio Drama. I used to be a local politician and ran an advice centre. Now I am a magistrate and write inflammatory political material for my local political party.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing a story at school when I was six or seven. My dad laughed at it and brought it up more than once over the years. He meant no harm but it hurt. Since then I have had plays performed on the BBC and got myself a PhD. It doesn't hurt quite so much now.
What is your writing process?
Slow. Real slow. I have a medical problem which means I can't write at my best for more than an hour or so a day. This means I have to make the most of the time I have. Basically, I need to get it 99% right first go or I'll never finish. My number one rule - don't write rubbish. By this I mean, don't allow yourself to accept second rate material just to fill space and up your word count. You'll never get rid of it. It will come back and smack you in the eye twenty years later.
The third instalment of the Carnacki Continuum. The Jessop sisters seek monsters in an abandoned Tube station deep under the ancient heart of London - and find more, much more, than they bargained for.
Simmon has a strange ambition. He wants to be a wolf when he grows up. This despite the fact that his dad always insisted "There are no wolves in Lancashire." Simmon believes his dad, naturally. But then one autumn day in the woods...
"He's a slippery one, is Rennie. He'd have you think that he's the righteous brother, that butter wouldn't melt. But he knew what I'd done all right. How could he not? We're twins after all. He knew what I'd done with Mother..."
A Twisted Tale of fish and chips and brotherly love.
"Relict (n) Widow; geological or other object which has survived in a primitive form; animal or plant known to have existed in the same form in previous geological ages." Which definition fits the woman who calls herself Madame Carnacki? Perhaps they all do.
RAZORBACK is a story of the weird and unnatural from the author of PATASOLA. A young boy, uprooted, unschooled, alienated, comes of age on a self-sufficient smallholding on the Yorkshire Wolds. For the first time he ventures out into the wider world. His simple assumptions are torn down and he finds himself running wild.