Since childhood, I have been an aficionado of crime and mystery stories, and have read most of the classical crime writers from Chandler to Rankin and Ann Cleeves. This is probably why when I started writing fiction in recent years, I have mainly written in this genre.
However, whilst working as a lecturer in England, my writing was limited to study papers for the College of Estate Management at Reading University, on both building and civil engineering technology and measurement. During this time I also produced a textbook on civil engineering measurement.
Subsequently while working as a homoeopath and natural medicine practitioner, I wrote articles for the journal of the Association of Natural Medicine (see link to this organisation on my website), mainly on homoeopathy.
When I moved to Spain 20 years ago, I had the freedom to start writing fiction. I began to write short stories of crime and mystery, set in the Axarquía where I live, a rural area of southern Spain. Some of these were published in local English magazines, and later published as collections of short stories (‘Andalucían Mysteries’ and ‘More Andalucían Mysteries’ ) in English, German and Spanish. These are still available to buy from amazon. Although these books are not meant to be travel books, they do try to present a view of the area, its people, its festivals and customs, and the interactions between the local populace, the ex pats and tourists.
‘Malaga Mysteries’ is a new compilation of stories, incorporating both these collections plus a couple of extra stories.
I have now started writing crime stories set in other areas, mainly in regions of England that I know well and around some well known events, and have published a new book of stories set in UK, Spain and biblical Palestine, under the title 'Twisted Tales'.
John Hardy was born in 1934 in Marske-by-the-Sea, then a small village in North Yorkshire. He has worked in various parts of the UK as a quantity surveyor, lecturer, homoeopath, acupuncturist, and guest house proprietor/chef.
In 1994 he moved with his wife Wendy to Sedella, a small village in the Axarquía in Málaga province in Spain. Since then, in his retirement, he has from time to time continued practising natural medicine, done sundry building work around the finca and taken up writing.
He has published articles on natural medicine, a book on civil engineering measurement, and various short fictional stories of crime and mystery, in English, German and Spanish.