What books did you love growing up? I never grew up! While I was getting older I enjoyed Dickens, Conan Doyle and more recently Rankin.
Who is your favourite author? Charles Dickens. I keep going back to ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.
Which is hardest – writing, getting published or marketing? At last! A simple question! I find writing easy and today getting published isn’t the lottery it once was. Marketing, that’s the killer isn’t it? If I could crack that one I would be a happy man.
Do you plan to publish more books? Given a little encouragement by a few more readers – then yes, definitely!
What else do you do to earn money, other than write? Now that I am almost sixty-eight, my full time working career is behind me. Ever since 2002 I have worked as an Exam Invigilator at a local school. We have a team of about two dozen men and women who look after students from the age of 11 – 18 when they sit various levels of examination during their school life. It’s a challenging yet very rewarding role.
What other jobs have you had in your life? When I left school in 1964 I was a bank clerk for two years. I joined a tyre company two years later and stayed there until I was awarded the DCM in 2000. (DCM standing for Don’t Come Monday!)
While I was there I was a Cost Accountant, a Cost Investigation Manager and an Industrial Engineer.
If you could study any subject at university –what subject would you pick? History. I had planned to do that after school, but joined the bank instead so I remained local; this enabled me to follow my other passion, singing in groups all over England and Wales for a decade or so. Those stories are in my first book ‘We’d Like to do A Number Now’.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Santa Eulalia Del Rio, Ibiza, Spain. We visited it first in 1999 and have returned for a week’s holiday every year since.
An only child, unloved and unwanted by his parents, Colin Bailey is a bitter, emotionally damaged young man, hell bent on exacting revenge on anyone who has stopped him becoming the person he believes he was destined to be. What sets Colin apart is his intellect and meticulous planning. Detective Phil Hounsell pursues his man relentlessly, while trying to avoid the small town in which he works sliding further and further into the grip of two rival gangs.
A devastating event in Colin’s life provides the final straw that herald’s a bloodbath. Can Phil prevent it happening or will he too be a victim?’
This tale of revenge spans almost two decades, yet the police are chasing shadows; it builds in pace and tension to a thrilling climax against the backdrop of a seemingly quiet West Country town.
Genre – Crime / Thriller
Rating – 18+
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