What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I had no writing background whatsoever before I wrote Billie Jo. At the time, I was a mini-cab driver. I had left school with no exams, and had been a market trader for many years, so I had no career to fall back on. One day, I just sat down and decided to write a book. Making something of myself and improving my quality of life was my only inspiration.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
If I haven’t got any major commitments on in one particular week, I will write six days out of seven. I used to write much faster back in the early days, but I like to take my time more now to try to better my books. Whilst writing a book, I like to avoid too many commitments. I hate taking long breaks unless I am actually between books.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Well, my books are classed as crime fiction, so that’s my answer. Mine aren’t quite as police related, whodunit based as some in the genre though, so I sometimes refer to them as grit lit. They sort of remind me of the old kitchen sink dramas back in the day.
What draws you to write in that genre?
My colourful past! I just stick with subjects I know lots about. I find it easier to make my books feel realistic that way.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I am currently writing the sequel to my latest book, The Trap. This one is called Payback, and I intend to turn it into another trilogy. My last series, The Feud, The Traitor and The Victim were very popular, and I hope my readers enjoy this one just as much. The Trap comes out in January and it starts in 1965. It centres around a gangland family called the Butlers and is set in Whitechapel. I am really pleased with it and so was my editor, so fingers crossed!
What are your writing plans for the future?
To finish this trilogy, then start a fresh book. I have just agreed another three book deal with HarperCollins, which I am thrilled about. It’s tough out there in the book world at the moment and I feel blessed to have such a great publisher behind me.
Where can people find out more about you?