Ernest Swain


I was born into a mining community in South Derbyshire, UK, the eldest son of a family of six children. Although better known to friends as John, I use my first Christian name, Ernest, as my author name to avoid confusion with another author. On leaving school I joined the National Coal Board but left to join the police service. In later years, as a detective, I spent time in colleges in Yorkshire, Liverpool, and London, finally becoming a Special Branch officer working together with such agencies as MI5 and briefly with the American Secret Service.
As a Special Branch officer, and trained firearms expert, I was privileged to provide protection for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and most members of the royal family. I also provided protection for Ladybird Johnson, wife of Linden Baines Johnson, former President of The United States of America, Chairman Hua Kuo Feng of China and Sir Maurice Oldfield, the ex-Director General of MI6.
During my service I received several commendations from Chief Constables and Judges of Assize & Crown Court for diligence and bravery in the face of armed criminals and was recommended for the award of The Queen's Police Medal.
Upon retirement I purchased a small hill farm, high in the Pennines of the Peak District National Park.
I am a musician, an organist, and I have a lifetime's experience of working horses - from the heavy Shires and Clydesdales to the lighter carriage horses.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a mining community in the south of Derbyshire, a county mid-England. The eldest boy in a family of six children. Born during WW2 I was fortunate not to have been greatly affected by the conflict, and what I remember of my childhood was almost idyllic. Although encouraged to read from an early age, the real influence upon my writing only came during my teen years when I became a police cadet, and later still a police officer, and I began to see the sordid side of life and the characters involved.
When did you first start writing?
My initial attempt at writing a book was whilst still at secondary school. It was about soccer which was my passion then, but it must have been discarded long ago. After those early schooldays all my writing efforts were confined to my professional work, producing reports, statements, and preparing court files. It was really only when I retired that I began to write but I was fortunate in that I had a wealth of interesting information, stored in my brain, accumulated over my working life.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,580. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Police Det.Chief Inspr. Allen, (Tommo) investigates murder of a mysterious female, leading to baffling personal implications for him. He discovers he has a twin, a CIA agent - his doppelganger - who infiltrates a gang of Azerbaijanis plotting to attack a 'plane carrying a Russian presidential party. Tommo's wife is kidnapped, which leads to a suicide - or is it summary justice?

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