Nicky Black writes gritty, North East fiction, full of drama, twists and turns. Geordie criminals divide and rule their territories with a mixture of fear, threats and violence.
The Prodigal and the Rave are the result of a collaboration between two friends, Nicky and Julie. Both have had careers working at the heart of disadvantaged communities in the North East of England, where they experienced the real grit and struggle of peoples' every-day lives, as well as their humour and determination to lead a happy existence, whatever that meant to them.
Julie's TV and movie scripts have provided the blueprint for Nicky's creation of two novels, both set on the fictional Valley Park estate in Newcastle. Together they've created a winning formula.
Nicky was born and brought up in Alnwick in Northumberland and now lives in North Tyneside. Julie is a born and bred Geordie and still lives in the Toon.