I live in Scotland and I’m married with two children. I’ve been writing since my teens and have six books published to date. I also helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival.
I regularly present to audiences, large and small, and am experienced at chairing events.
In a former life I delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business and floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange. I’m a DJ on local radio, and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.
About writer's work
My first novel, Falling was published by Fledgling Press in 2009. It starred Charlie Wiggs, an unassuming accountant who had a habit of descending into the world of crime, despite his best efforts to avoid it. The book was picked up by US publisher Down & Out Books in 2016 for publication in America and Canada. A sequel, ‘Falling Too’, based on the Great Train Robbery, was published in the US (September, 2017).
In 2010, I wrote a stand-alone crime thriller 59 Minutes published by Fledgling, before moving to Olida Publishing, who published two books in the Craig McIntyre series, The Catalyst and Meltdown. When Olida closed its doors, I moved to Strident Publishing where The Catalyst and Meltdown were re-edited and a third book added to create a trilogy – Darkest Thoughts (February 2017), Furthest Reaches (September 2017) and Deepest Wounds (February 2018). I am working on the fourth novel. Craig McIntyre, the main protagonist in the trilogy, is ex US military turned bodyguard and has a powerful and uncontrollable affliction: his mere presence removes people’s inhibitions, transforming their darkest thoughts into action. Set in the U.S. and beyond these are high paced conspiracy thrillers that combine action with a unique premise to produce genuine page turners.
I have also been included in the Bloody Scotland anthology (September 2017) with the short story History Lesson. This was published in the US and India in March 2018. I also have a story published in the 2018 CWA short story anthology.
I have a Sarah Tracy short story in the Anthony Award Winning Blood in the Bayou anthology (U.S. 2016). Having written a further eighteen Sarah Tracy short stories, I’m now working on a charity anthology for young people with mental health issues that will be published in the UK and in the U.S. in 2019.
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Current events and projects
I have also been involved in creating stand-alone events. For example, since 2016, I have been working with three authors - Douglas Skelton, Mark Leggat and Neil Broadfoot - on a panel called ‘Four Blokes in Search of a Plot’ where we construct a story live with the audience.
My core focus is on crime and thriller writing.
I am also a creativity trainer – having operated under the Brain Juice brand for over 15 years. This is a course designed to aid individuals to improve their creative thought and action. See www.brainjuicetraining.co.uk
I am a founding director of Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.
Within Bloody Scotland I created an initiative, three years ago, called ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ that allows debut authors to present their work to the festival audiences.
In addition, I have brokered a reciprocal deal between Bloody Scotland and Xabia Negra, in Spain, where myself and two other authors appeared in November 2017 and we are discussing 2018.