I am a barrister specialising in commercial law. I began writing articles for law magazines but then discovered more interesting material in the world of business inhabited by my wife, Caroline. What started as a blog when Caroline was away on business trips became the on-going story of the dilemma faced by many working couples today – how to balance the competing demands of work, marriage, and supporting a football team. Caroline and I are in our mid-thirties and live in Surrey, England.
What can readers expect from your books?
Fast-paced entertainment. Caroline meets some strange characters – bankers, politicians, business leaders - and things happen she would rather forget about. But we can learn things from the mistakes of others. There’s suspense, too. I’m never quite sure if she and I will emerge from her adventures unscathed. I try to make my books true to modern life. Things happen faster and faster. It used to be the seven year itch, now it’s three.
Are we likely to hear more about Caroline?
Yes, there’s more. I would like to say we both learnt the lessons of Shameless Ambition but life’s not that simple. Like all modern relationships, ours is developing. We are constantly working on boundaries. The trouble is there are few rules these days and Caroline tends to break the ones I thought we had agreed on.
How do you go about writing a book?
As a lawyer I like to stick to the facts. However, I do rely heavily on Caroline’s emails, phone calls and diaries, so the material is gathered from many sources. I write, compulsively, whenever I have a spare moment. Thankfully there’s a lot of hanging around in court work. Like all lawyers, I write things down and make up a story from the available evidence to convince the judge. In this case, I’m seeking a positive verdict from the jury of readers.