I am currently writing 'Neon Lights' - the second book in the Kessler series
My passion for writing began in reading the books of my youth. Always surrounded by 'The Famous Five' and 'The Hardy Boys', I would happily spend hours transporting myself to that abandoned lighthouse or a smuggler's tunnel to solve a mystery. All gave me glimpses into exciting settings from which my imagination could run wild. The Hardy Boys especially gave me the first opportunity to get to know a favourite character of mine - the detective. Later, this love of exciting settings filled with adventure evolved towards the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre of J.R.R Tolkein, David Eddings, Philip K Dick and William Gibson.
My love of film noir and crime fighter tales, with their flawed heroes and gritty, intense settings, are all drawn from my experiences as a teenager growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The popular scene of Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum playing the aging, heavy drinking detective emerging from a haze of cigarette smoke to save the day is a particular favourite of mine.
Northern Ireland itself, and particularly Belfast, has been a great influence on the environment of my stories. The broken society and its influence on the people living within it, how it shapes them and affects their decision making, has always been of great interest to me especially when fleshing out character's personalities and motives.
I have always written poems and short and long stories for my own pleasure, for friends or family and also through my work in schools where I have been lucky enough to teach creative writing and run writing clubs with my students.
My writing interests span across genres from science fiction, contemporary, crime, and thriller and all have that element of adventure which has been so important to me since childhood. I am currently writing 'Neon Lights'- the second book in my 'Kessler' series.