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I’m a short, tattooed crime writer, with a head full of murderous intentions and a profound love of cats and rock music. I’m married to Paul and I have four grown-up children. I’ve previously worked as an Oompa Loompa in a chocolate factory, a night care officer in a residential home, and had my own promotions company. I also co-owned a business involving male strippers and drag queens. This knowledge came in handy when I was writing the first book.
My debut novel, ‘What Goes Around’, is the first book in the DI Alex Peachey series. I drew on a lot of my own experiences when I wrote this book, including that of being a parent to a disabled child. This is something I’ve not seen in fiction before, and I felt it brought an air of authenticity to Alex’s story, and also shows the unseen side of living with this situation. I set it in and around Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, as that was where I was living when I started the book.
I’ve had short stories published in two charity anthologies, ‘Happily Never After’ and ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’, produced by the writers from the ‘Crime & Publishment’ writing workshop in Gretna Green.
When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, playing computer games, or attending book festivals.