I didn't set out to be an author and would not describe myself as one if asked "so what do you do?". I've been in business since age 22, from 3D computer graphics, to property development to creating and running an off-road motorcycle centre. Despite it being hard work and very insecure at times, I'm pleased to say that 30+ years later, I've never had a 'proper job'.

But writing is something I have been increasingly drawn towards, and the crime genre particularly inspires me. My stories are based on personal experience or inspired by 'the goings on' in North West England where I grew up and still live. My passion is NOT writing. In order to write engaging and original stories, I believe that you have to absorb passion and inspiration from real life. So, I still try and run a business, but aim to travel as much as I can (ideally on a motorcycle!), as well as competing in off-road motorcycle races, snowboarding, keeping fit and enjoying time and travel with Julie - my amazing fiancé, avid reader, number one supporter and fellow Nordic noir fan.

I'm blessed with two very creative and talented twin daughters who are out there making their own way in the world. My only dependent is a furious ball of fur and teeth called Jasper. I love him really.