I've never had any formal training as a writer, I had no interest in English at school or any other subject come to think of it. Consequently I left in 1971 without any qualifications. I've had a number of differing jobs since then including cabinet maker, handyman, poll tax recovery officer and gardener to name a few. I also taught martial arts, trained as a bodyguard and have been lucky enough to train with some special forces personnel. I wrote my first book '36" or Bust' back in 1991 after completing the Pennine Way but in those days you had to send your book to a publisher for their consideration. Unfortunately it was rejected and lived in the back of my draw till 2012. My second book 'Kalami' was an amalgamation of incidents and anecdotes collected over the course of nine years of visiting Corfu. Nothing was ever written down and I never had any intention of writing a book. After reading an article in a magazine about self-publishing while on the holiday from hell in La Palma I decided to put to paper the memories of those nine years and the book was born.
Although 'Kalami' has a limited readership it sold very well and is still selling. This inspired me to upload the Pennine Way book and that took off too. Off the back of this success I was urged by my wife to write something else but I can only write from experience. After many months of waiting for inspiration I suddenly hit on the idea for Sports Day while listening to England beat Australia in the Ashes in 2013 and used my knowledge and experiences to form the story of a psychopath who kills sports losers. Not that I've ever killed anybody! but my knowledge of hand-to-hand combat gave the killer his skills.