Together we can all help each other

It’s been a funny old year. One where meetings with friends now takes place via a computer screen and visits to close family is done with a wave not a hug; from a safe distance, of course. But if these troubled times have taught me one thing, it’s that I am so grateful to be part of the writing community, which is the most supportive group of people I’ve ever met. So it was a great pleasure to be able to contribute to the UK Crime Book Club’s charity anthology ‘Criminal Shorts’.

Criminal Shorts is a fantastic collection of crime-based short stories donated by a whole host of UK crime authors. It’s a great way to try someone new — you never know, you might find your next favourite author! And as all proceeds go to the Red Kite Special Academy, you’ll be doing some good at the same time. The Academy is a very special school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, high functioning autism and other complex and medical needs. They provide a place for children with wide and varied needs to be happy and confident by focusing on the children’s abilities and not on their disabilities.

Criminal Shorts is available to purchase on Amazon at the following link….

If you want to know more about the anthology or about the authors that contributed, then the interviews filmed for the launch party can be found at:

This was the second live interview I’ve done and it goes to show it doesn’t always go alright on the night. Although I wasn’t aware of any technical difficulties as I was doing the interview, on viewing it back, it looks like the gremlins were very busy that night!

More great news….

Talking of the support from the writing community, I was so excited to hear that Feather and Claw now features on the website  

If you love books then this is a great site to find your next read. Why not check it out for yourself at

p.s. You can find Feather and Claw in the mystery category.

Now for some new book news… there’s a new kid on the block and the mystery of the missing woman.

I always say the inspiration for my books and short stories comes from real life observations and the novel that I spent most of the first lockdown writing is no exception. Inspired by a friend’s monumentally brave response to a life-changing event that left her disabled, I wanted to write about a character and his battle to prove his disability doesn’t define him. DI Matt Fisher faces his first case since his return to the squad after a profound injury. It’s the start of a new series and I’m super-excited about it.

The book is now with alpha readers, who have kindly agreed to review an unedited draft. So far, the feedback is looking good. Fingers crossed it will be hitting the Amazon shelves next Spring.

In the meantime, I’m now well into drafting the fourth in the DC Cat McKenzie series, which revolves around the case of a missing woman. It’s coming along nicely and with luck and a fair wind behind me it should be ready for release Summer/Autumn next year (2021). So if you haven’t yet read the first three in the series, then there’s still plenty of time to get up to speed!

Don’t forget you can always keep up to date with my latest news on Facebook and Twitter:

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