I am from Louth, Lincolnshire and was brought up against a service background; my Father a serving member of the RAF for just short of forty years. I was educated in Grantham and joined the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy as an Observer on Anti-Submarine Sea King helicopters in 1979. I served on various ships around the world including HMS Endurance in Antarctica; the setting for my second book Frozen in Time.
In 1989 I transferred to the Royal Air Force and flew as a navigator in Tornado F3 fighter aircraft. After a tour at RAF Leuchars, Scotland, I qualified as an instructor at RAF Coningsby. In 1996 I was involved in a mid-air collision and ejected; suffering serious injuries to my head, neck, shoulder and chest. Two years later I was medically discharged and was employed by the RAF teaching in the Tornado Simulator at RAF Coningsby. In 2009 I was made redundant, as the F3 started to be phased out of service, and I now live in North Hykeham, Lincoln, pursuing my writing career.
My first novel, Time and Again, has taken a long time in the writing and evolved almost as an accident. Learning to use a word processor in the early days of desktop computers it started as a short story and was just a means to an end. Feeling I had a flare for writing I expanded the tale and enjoyed the pastime until my accident in 1996. The book was shelved during the first few years of my recovery and readers may be surprised to hear that a lot of the early chapters of the book, written before his accident, reflect true life. The book was finished and shelved again, only seeing daylight for my own enjoyment until a chance meeting with my publisher, Paul Mould. With encouragement from my wife Fran, the book was offered for publication and here we are. I have now completed the sequel Frozen in Time which has recently been published in paperback. The third and final book in the series in now finished and published in electronic form. It’s called Time to Reflect.
My action novels draw on some of my many experiences in the Armed forces and although a work of fiction and fantasy, much is true to life and factually accurate. Readers may be surprised to learn that the first few chapters of my first novel were written before my flying accident and yet there are striking similarities between the fictional and actual circumstances, events and injuries. Now working on the third of the trilogy, I am far more wary in the way I ‘treat’ my hero!
I enjoy story-telling and this is reflected in my writing style. My first novel covers several genres; primarily action and adventure but with the inclusion of some fantasy. My influences include Desmond Bagley, Alistair Maclean and more recently, Clive Cussler’s earlier novels.
I am married with 2 children and 3 step children. I enjoy golf, photography, reading, entertaining and socialising with my family and friends. Of course that is when I’m not fulfilling my duties as a full time house husband and novelist.
I have recently entered the world of e-books and own a Kindle myself. It’s the future today.
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