Born in Stafford in 1940, Roger Butters was educated locally and practised as a solicitor in the town until retiring in 1978 to give more time to writing. During the 1970s he was a director of Stafford Rangers Football Club, and has also owned and bred racehorses and held a private pilot’s licence. He plays chess to county standard, and has written a biography of Howard Staunton (1810-74), the only Englishman ever to have been World Chess Champion.
He has a number of unusual interests, some grown-up such as Buddhism, philosophy, karate, and study with the Open University, but others more suited to a nine-year-old, such as Tarzan and dinosaurs. His main interest apart from writing is the local theatre, particularly Shakespeare, where he has played a variety of roles including King Lear and Mark Antony.
Published works include several genre novels and a history of Stafford. At present he is working on a series of modern crime stories with the same hero, private eye Jim Danzig, and a political thriller entitled Heirs of Glory.
Likes: Animals, and people who like them. Dislikes: Politicians, lawyers and financiers, in that order.