Welcome to my Website

I have just entered my sixties I have a gorgeous wife Annie who is a retired Primary School teacher and two beautiful sons,

I am a retired teacher, lapsed Waterstones’ bookseller and former Basketball Coach.

I taught PE and English for 20 years and coached women’s basketball for over 30 years.

I have always loved books and reading, but 9 years at Waterstone’s nearly put paid to that!

When I finished coaching basketball, I realised that I really did want to write. I had thought about it for so long and always had an excuse not to. But now with the time I have I love it and write as often as I can. I sit in front of my computer and listen to music and write, it’s a great way to spend the day!

I have had a few pieces published, I enter the odd poetry or literary competition and have had some success, so I keep cracking on! I have my writing on various blogs.

I enjoy presenting papers at crime fiction conferences, it keeps my mind active and is a great way to meet new people and gain fresh ideas for writing!

I enjoy writing poetry. Fitting words together is an odd way of spending time, but I do revel in it!

For my MA, I wrote a crime novel set in Utrecht. It is part of a series of murder mysteries I have planned based in the Dutch city. It’s great to wander the streets of Utrecht or drink coffee next to the canal, watching and listening to people for my book. I get all sorts of ideas doing this!

I am also writing a crime series set firstly in the Great War; Poppy Flowers at the Front and then in the early Twenties: “Poppy knows Best.” Pity I can’t retreat back to the roaring Twenties! I have loads on the go and must settle down to finishing some of it!