Alex's novels are not his first works of fiction since, as a doctor, he has many research papers published. Unable to stick general practice, psychiatry, or being a physician, he took up a senior post in Public Health in the control of communicable disease. That was mostly drain sniffing. He thought he had avoided Covid 19 but the General Medical Council re-registered him, potentially a disaster for the public.
His inspiration is Dartmoor. His first series of books were for young adults - The Tregarthur Series, published by Cillian Press. His current book is a marked departure into awfulness but finding a way to do more than just survive. Molly is his her in this book.
Bookbag on Tregarthur's Promise: 'The character development is outstanding. Mellanby has created very believable three dimensional characters.'