Author of: The Escape Company
A British crime thriller with humour.
As an introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am definately over 21 and at present
work in IT in Leicester for a well known bank (the red one who support F1). I
am married with two children and two grandchildren and have a chocolate
labrador called Rocco.
My interests include Motor racing,
especially Karting and Great Danes (I help out with rescuing Danes that need
new homes) This is my first book of a proposed trilogy. Book 2 is well under
way and due out next year. I am also writing a historical book about
HenryVIII's seventh wife.
What is your book about?
Written in the first person, Escape
Company. begins with two men bound together by the same experience. With both
of their wives in prison, they are fired with the same idea—how to get their
ladies out. The idea becomes an
obsession, with meticulous planning involving prison routines, deadlocks, and
security cameras, not to mention razor wire and some very unfriendly dogs. Our two heroes spring their wives
successfully and the idea occurs to them to form a limited company—limited to
certain prisoners who merit release. So Escape Company. is born, a dedicated
team of lawbreakers whose services are provided to inmates with large amounts
of cash. There are rules of course.
Terrorists, sex offenders, and psychos can stay where they are, but anybody
else? Well, each case is decided on its own merits.
When and why did you begin writing?
In Spain on the Costa del Sol and
Solihull about 5 years ago.
What genre do you prefer to write in?
Almost any except sci-fi and romance
What is your biggest writing achievement to date?
my first book sale on Amazon last year
What inspired you to write this book?
I have always had a fascination for
prisons and escapes.
Who is your favourite author, and what is it about their work that
strikes a chord with you?
Difficult one - many - Stephen Leather,
Martina Cole, Jeoffrey Archer, some of
Charles Dickens (but not all)
What book are you reading now, and would you recommend it?
Just started Rumpole of the Bailey (just
finished Hell, Purgatory and Heaven by Archer
What are your current projects?
Writing a book on Henry Viii's -
seventh wife - a Lady Mary Shelton (The
research on this is very time consuming). She was his 4th wife after Jane
Seymour and before Anne of Cleves
Where and when do you do most of your writing?
At work - I look after a banks computers
(the red one who sponsor F1) - plenty of time and Internet access
you say was the hardest part of writing your book?
Proof reading and getting the English
correct - not my strong point
designed your book cover – and was the cover something you deemed important?
No one designed it - I am currently
thinking about getting someone to design one - I think it is very important -
it has to catch the buyers eye
try to go down the route of traditional publishing first – or did you feel that
self-publishing was right for you from the beginning?
Yes I did - had it published in America
years ago (before it was proof read - I have since re-wrote it, renamed it and
bought the rights from the company in America
whole, how have you found self-publishing?
Its early days - hard to say - the
hardest part by far is getting it noticed and marketing it.
we buy the book?
Amazon - Kindle - Smashwords
have a website or blog where we can keep tabs on you?
have any advice for other writers?
Yes - do your research thoroughly and get
it proof read and have a brill synopsis
finally, do you have anything else that you’d like to say to everyone?
Yes - please buy my book