Mike has been writing for many years. He started as a teenager, producing a three-act play as a result of a disastrous love affair. Fortunately the manuscript for this has long since disappeared. During the next few years he wrote a couple more plays, several short stories, some poetry, a novella and started a historical novel which still hasn’t been completed.
He was inspired to restart writing in his late thirties when he began taking his family on holidays to various beautiful locations in Europe. Exploring historic towns and buildings brought to light a host of untold stories and started the creative juices flowing again. At the same time he began to attend evening classes in writing. There he met up with a number of similarly-minded authors and they formed a writers’ circle and started going in a group to conferences and seminars and entering competitions.
His first novel, The Eighth Child came out of these stimuli. This was quickly followed by The Wolf of Hades. For the only time in his experience he found an agent interested in representing him. This lady liked his work but suggested he wrote a similar novel from the viewpoint of a female heroine which resulted in Dancing with Spies. Unfortunately she had no success in finding Mike a publisher and they parted after a couple of years.
His next work was the completion of Riversmeet which he had been working on for many years and was partly based on Mike’s youthful experiences in South Devon in the years when life there was changing greatly in the aftermath of the Second World War. So much material came to the surface during the writing of the first saga of 130,000 words that he realised he had enough for a trilogy, the second of which has been started.
After this Mike decided to try his hand at a new genre and he wrote the detective novel which is called The Gigabyte Detective. After obtaining professional criticism and reworking it he decided to self-publish in 2011. It is now available POD-printed in a restricted paperback edition but is mainly intended to be published as an e-book available on Amazon Kindle and in other formats suitable for most e-readers. Once again the initial stimulus in this new field resulted in a successor (Network Virus) was published in 2012.
His next mystery thriller The Secret of the Cathars was published in e-book formats in May, 2011 and here in paperback in 2015. A second edition of The Eighth Child followed soon after. Dancing with Spies has been published as an e-book (August 2011).
Currently Mike is working on "The Templar Legacy" (a sequel to The Secret of the Cathars) which he hopes to publish in 2015.