How could I not notice Bristol’s racism in the 1970’s?

Bristol’s racism has been in the news a lot Bristol’s racism was highlighted by the toppling of the statue of Edward Coulston. Since then we have been told of discrimination official and unofficial over the decades. The bus company refused to employ...

We need enquiring minds across society.

What are my heroes enquiring into? Heroes in crime fiction need enquiring minds in order to uncover crimes, injustices, cover-ups, negligence or corruption. I have written about police corruption and its possible relevance to my novel DOWN. Some of the characters try...

How did I create the hero of DOWN?

Why is the hero an elderly man? A hero is usually young and err… heroic. Harry Lawton seems a bit unlikely, but this was not a mistake. I wanted him to be old enough to have served in the War He had to be old enough to have had a grown-up son His being near to...

Why is the cover of DOWN a broken chain?

The cover of a book matters to some readers People say ‘don’t judge a book by the cover’ but many say it’s the main thing that attracts them – or puts them off. I have written before about my latest novel, DOWN, but have not mentioned...

Why is the setting of DOWN important?

The setting of a novel is important for most readers. The setting is the time and place where things take place. In the Accounting for Murder series, I chose the present time and the place was Wales, particularly Cardiff, where I used to live. The principality, the...