Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Hartlepool, England and now live in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
My books are Last Year’s Man, A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, The Last Laugh, Too Many Crooks, Big City Blues, Cold London Blues, 13 Shots Of Noir, The Last Laugh, Small Time Crimes, and Kill Me Quick.
My writing has been translated into Italian, Polish, Finnish, German and Slovene. I’ve had stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8, 10 and 11.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Small Time Crimes is a collection of my short stories written between 2008 and 2018. It's a good taster of my writing in that the stories are an dark and, hopefully, funny. Some of the yarns are flash fiction pieces and some are longer. I just wanted to put together a kind of overview of things I've written over the last 10 years.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write as and when I can, in an ad hoc and slapdash manner. It's a pretty good reflection of how I live my life, really.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Damon Runyon because he created his own world. Allan Guthrie because he showed a darkly humorous view of the world that fit mine. Graham Green's Brighton Rock and Gerald Kersh's Night and The City. Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard. Patricia Highsmith. Les Edgerton.
What are you working on now?
I'm writing two books at the moment. Both are black comedies. Punk Fiction is a 'heist gone wrong' yarn and Carry On Criminal is a 'man out of prison' yarn.
I'm also writing a couple of short stories for anthologies.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook and Twitter are the ones I use the most and lately I've been dipping into LinkedIn more often than not. My own website, maybe. I've no idea what really works regarding book promotion but I do like a dabble!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Oh, no. I wouldn't listen to a word I say about anything!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give or take advice!
What are you reading now?
I Swear I Was There by David Nolan. It's about the Manchester punk scene.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same, I'm afraid! I can only do what I do. Maybe I'll write a musical one day but for now it's business as usual.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household.
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