As far back as I can recall I've written. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends, and travelogues to family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head.
Since I left England in 1979, I've travelled widely, collecting experiences, people, and places as I did so. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I've gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first four novels. Others await their future fates.
Although I grew up in Norfolk, UK, I never felt truly at home until I lived in Australia, and that's no doubt the reason my first published novels are set there. All of my books this far have some element of fact in them. I guess it's hard for any writer not to include events from their life. Our experiences shape our thoughts and the words and actions of our characters.
I sometimes wish I'd become a novelist earlier in life, but then if I had, I wouldn't have the range of characters and events that I do.
When Micky DeWitt sails into Sydney, Australia, his only assets are a run down yacht, his wits, and the skills he's picked up as a dedicated career criminal.
Shiftless, cynical and dishonest, even with himself, Micky takes a job as a barman in Sydney's seedy red light district of Kings Cross. He's a chameleon, seeing himself as both master criminal and chilled-out world sailor. He wants a life on Easy Street, is driven by the desire to 'get away with it,' and addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes with that life.
Meet Me at Harry's
Ex-Detective Lieutenant Stacia Black, formerly of the Chicago Police Department, knows all about violence and poverty. She grew up with it. As a cop working for the Organized Crime Division's Narcotics section, she fought against it. Maybe she's been on the wrong side all these years. The side that stays poor while others get rich. Now she's in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, looking to make a score of her own. What she needs is a man with connections.