Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I enjoy writing about both the past and what might happen to us in the future. In addition to Betrayal in Venice, I have written Bound Bayou ( the story of a young teacher from England who gets to work in Mississippi in the 1950s) and When the Water Runs Out ( a tale of California running out of water and the US and Canada sliding towards armed conflict over access to Canada’s vast water resources).
Cambridge University educated, my previous jobs include working as a mover in Canada and a sandblaster in the Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory. I work as a lawyer during the day. I have three daughters and lives on the south coast of England with my wife and our dog.
A lover of both the great outdoors and the man-made world, I am equally happy kayaking, hiking a trail or wandering around a city absorbing its culture.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Betrayal in Venice. The amazing city of Venice inspired me. It is such a unique place. I recommend exploring the backstreets to find its real character. St Marks’ Square and other tourist-central points are best visited early in the morning or late at night to avoid the hordes.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Our dog is a puppy right now so I often start at 4 am when she wakes up. It’s a good time to bash out the words.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are many but reading books by some of the great indie authors out there has certainly inspired me – people such as Vanessa Couchman, Peter Mazzeri, James Shipman and Lance Morcan.
What are you working on now?
I tend to alternate between historical and future novels. My next is one set in 2045 when robots have taken millions of jobs.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still working on this. I need to get better at promotion.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t treat all you are advised to do as gospel. Write what you want and you enjoy. I wouldn’t want to be confined to a formula or just one genre.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Ignore what others tell you, you must do. Follow your passion and ignore the naysayers.
What are you reading now?
The Silk Road by Peter Frankopan
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m plotting a book set in the Civil War and also bringing together writings I have done on islands I have visited.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The collected works of Jack London, War and Peace – at last I’d have time to read it – and a good survival guide.