Firstly, I’m English (yes, it’s a nationality as well as a language), and I live in a small town in northwest England with my wonderful wife Lynn and our crazy cairn terrier Jake.
I write about contrasts and opposites, like good versus evil and right versus wrong. My good guys are half bad and my bad guys are half good, pushed and pulled both ways along story lines that are split equally between denying truths and embracing lies. In the real world of my imagination, not everything is black and white. Sometimes it’s blood red.
My independently-published GABE QUINN THRILLERS have sold more than ⅓ million Kindle copies worldwide, and my traditionally-published stand-alones NO COMING BACK and BEFORE YOU LEAP are hot on their heels.
For the last three years I’ve been an Amazon-invited author panelist at the London Book Fair, as well as a a guest speaker at various events including the Amazon Academy. Plus, I’ve held inspirational talks at my local college. I actively split infinitives all day long, boldly going where many have gone before. And when I’m not doing everything I can to distract myself from my writing, you can usually find me deconstructing everything I wrote the day before, or eating chocolate, or both.
My favourite band is Marillion (prog-rock) and my favourite author is Larry Niven (sci-fi). I like Italian food, first-person shooter video games, holidaying abroad, and daydreaming. My idea of heaven is sitting under a parasol on a beach in Florida, eating pizza while thinking about shooting zombies.
Our children are all grown up and flown the nest. They’ve all done well for themselves and have blessed us with four beautiful granddaughters.
My favourite film is Same Time, Next Year, closely followed by The Big Lebowski – both of which are excellent examples of pacy word craft, and I encourage anyone interested in honing their dialogue skils to check out the scripts.
A few little-known facts about me: I held the high-jump record at school (1.76 metres, aged 14); I wrote my first fantasy novel at age 18; one of my comedy stage plays has been produced by a theatre company; I used to run a worldwide online video game community with more than 1000 members (Halo and Battlefield 2); and I am completely blind in my right eye (no retina, since birth), which means I see the world in 2D, can’t judge distance and I bump into everything!
These days, I am extremely lucky enough to be able to earn a living doing something I love, which is writing, in and around being an in-demand Grandpa. It’s only taken me thirty years of relentless pursuit, 100 rejection slips and a receding hairline to get here. Let’s see how long the journey lasts! 🙂