AM I WELSH?
No. However, I know enough to understand a lot of place names and people’s names, as well as a few common expressions. Being not truly Welsh, I am bound to make mistakes when I bring Welsh expressions into my writing, but I hope the generosity of the Welsh character will mean I can be forgiven. Likewise, mistakes regarding the history and geography of Wales.I was born in England of Scottish and Irish descent, as well as English, but I have spent many years living, working and travelling in Wales. I have a great love for the Principality and its people. I am aware that most Britons contain a lot of Celtic DNA. So Welsh history is relevant to most of us on this island?
WHERE IS MY LOYALTY?
I remember the old county of Monmouthshire. Its motto was “utrique fidelis” meaning “loyal to both” which sums me up.
WHAT OTHER PLACES ARE IMPORTANT TO ME?
I was born and brought up in Lancashire and have spent most of my life in the North West of England. I have never lived in Scotland, but have had family connections with that
country and have enjoyed many holidays north of the border, except the ones taken in the wet season! My characters and locations will reflect my experiences.
WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT IN MY BOOKS?
I have always loved animals and nature. I especially love horses. I hate crimes against animals whether or not linked to other crimes, although they often are. I hope to give some bad publicity to such things through my writing. I am a longstanding supporter of the Worldwide Fund for Wildlife. Noah has always been one of my favourite Bible characters.
I have done, on and off, most of my life. The pun is intended. I have competed, unsuccessfully, in various equestrian disciplines. I think riding out over the countryside is a great way to see it and share the enjoyment with your horse.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT IN CRIME FICTION?
Every hero, indeed every person, needs a moral compass. For many this comes from their faith. For others there must be a different source. My heroes experience inner conflict when they drift away from their moral upbringing, and in any case find life’s complexity challenges religious certainty. They are in good company.
AM I WRITING ABOUT MY OWN RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS?
I am a Christian and am trying to be true to myself. My characters express thoughts I can identify with, including their doubts and conflicts. I also hope they are authentic representatives of their time.
Religious conviction and conflict often exist side by side with immorality and materialism. People have to find ways of living in the real world without abandoning their ideals.