Author photograph: Cliff Hyde at BeaconLit
I was born and grew up in West London. After leaving school, my day job took me to such far-flung, exotic places as Newport, Rhode Island, Northern Norway and Sutton Coldfield. Along the way, I moonlighted as a bookmaker's clerk, a nightclub bouncer and a freelance writer and also gained a First Class Honours degree from the Open University.
I've been writing all my life and I've published nine books to date, including the popular Archer and Baines detective series set in Buckinghamshire's Aylesbury Vale. My latest novel, In Ink, introduces Hertfordshire-based DI Nathan Quarrel.
My other work includes the Lowmar Dashiel crime fantasy mysteries, magazine fiction (including writing for women’s magazines as Melanie Blake!), success in short story competitions, and freelance journalism. I've written articles for a wide range of publications, including a series on True Crime in Buckinghamshire for The Four Shires magazine, and I've had regular columns in two local newspapers, The Bucks Herald and The Leighton Buzzard Observer.
I've also written extensively for the stage, including successful collaborations on two comedy plays - Recipe for Disasterand Dancing on the Forecourt - and Mary! A Nativity Musical, for which I wrote the script and the lyrics to 14 original songs.
I now in a small village in Buckinghamshire with my wife, Chris, where I am a co-founder of the BeaconLit book festival that takes place annually in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire.
My other interests include travel, watching my beloved football team, Queen’s Park Rangers, working on my allotment, cinema, theatre and walking in the Chilterns.
I'm a proud member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and an associate member of the Crime Writers Association.