Stephen came late in life to serious writing, although he can say that he always had an interest in writing and the English language.
Of course, back in those days in deepest and darkest Northamptonshire, there was no social media, no mobile phones and even the TV was only black and white. Teenagers needed to find other ways to entertain themselves. And for Stephen, writing was one way. He continued totable in the art of writing right up to joining the local constabulary.
Nothing of what he’d written back in those early days has survived and if it has, he really wouldn’t want it to see the light of day. Spending thirty years as a police officer taught him to write about FACTS and not FICTION (although he knows some would probably disagree!)
Leaving school with little in the way of academic qualifications, it is as much as a surprise to him and his family that he managed to gain both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and would concede that his ability in academia only started after he left school. A late starter, as his mother was fond of saying. Writing grammatically correct police reports and for a short period he wrote policy for senior officers, enhanced that ability to write something which occasionally went higher than the Chief Constable. That in itself kept pace with his desire to write, he even learned calligraphy as his written hand was small, appalling and even he thought it was virtually unreadable!
Service with Northamptonshire Police continued for thirty years. During that time the ‘life skills’ came thick and fast. As a young man he’d always felt that writing a fictional tome was not something he could do without them. It was only towards the end of his service that he began to wonder whether, as is commonly stated, that ‘there is a book in everyone,’ came more and more to the front of his mind. The idea of a book that commenced in his early career came back to him. Although it probably never went away and fermented in the back of his mind until a rekindling of a desire to write fictional stories, mostly based up those earlier life skills in ‘the job,’ made his mind up for him. The book had to come out and ‘Blind Murder’ was the result.
His desire to write well fermented into accepting a chance to do a Masters Degree in Creative Crime fiction writing with the University of East Anglia. Two year later he graduated and in the meantime completed his second book in the Jake Jordan series (Driving Dead). His third novel ‘Crimson Dragon‘ was originally written – and re-written – for his degree which Stephen hopes will be available later in 2021.
So here we are, moving further and further away from a job that literally gave him everything, to a point where he can sink closer into obscurity, unless of course, you by his books.