About the author
It took until I was 57 to finally fulfil my dream to become a published author but seeing my work in print was far from a new experience by then.
Sunbeam, my debut novel, was self-published in November 2019 and was followed by Family Business in June 2020, then Catalyst in February 2021. All three are fast-moving, plot-twisting contemporary thrillers which use the city of my birth, Sheffield, as their backdrop, though Family Business is also part-set in my current home city, Derby.
My writing background is a career as a newspaper journalist, starting out as a trainee reporter with the South Yorkshire Times in 1984 before, three years later, joining the sports desk of the Derby Telegraph, where I have been ever since.
Most of that time in Derby has been as the newspaper’s cricket writer, a role that brought national recognition in the 2012 and 2013 England and Wales Cricket Board awards. I have also been a contributor since 2011 to the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and have had many articles published in national magazines, annuals and newspapers.
The hefty workload of writing as a profession meant writing for pleasure was largely left on the back burner but changed priorities at work made it possible – essential, even – to pick up the threads of one of the many half-formed novels in my computer files and, this time, see it through to publication.
Sunbeam was the result but it was never the intention to stop there. I already have plenty more novels in the planning stage to keep me busy for years to come.
I was born in Sheffield and have lived in Derby since 1988 with my partner, Sue. We have two sons.