I come from Hampshire and have lived for over a decade in Guildford, Surrey. I run the Castle Keep there during the summer and am behind the popular Ghost Tour of Guildford. It is because of this that The History Press approached me in 2005 to write 'Haunted Guildford', which sold out the first print run in two weeks and went on to be their best-selling book in the series. I went on to write two more books for them, 'Images of England : Guildford' in 2006 and 'Guildford Past and Present' in 2008. These last two are mainly of rare old photographs of the town as I own a large personal archive.
I am also an historian of true crime, particularly on the Jack the Ripper case. 'The London of Jack the Ripper Then and Now' (co-authored with Robert Clack) was published by DB Publishing in 2007 and is now in its third edition. It was also one of the first Ripper books to be available on Kindle and was even used as a prop in the ITV drama 'Whitechapel'. I also wrote 'The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs : Dutfield's Yard and The Whitby Collection' for Amberley in 2009. I am less happy about the way this book turned out. I stand by my text but am dissatisfied with the printing of the images throughout.
I am often asked which book I am working on next and, indeed, I was contracted to write three more 'Then and Now' style books (about Seaview on the Isle of Wight, the Undercliff on the Isle of Wight, and Fleet and Crookham in Hampshire) but the muse appears to have left me for now.