My home village of Cawthorne nestles amid rolling farmland in the
foothills of the Pennines, on the border of South and West Yorkshire,
and is where we moved to almost 40 years ago from my
birthplace of Burton-on-Trent.
With World Famous Racecourses such as Doncaster and York,
Village League Cricket (which I played well into my forties),
a wealth of league Football teams,World Class Cheeses,
such as Wensleydale and Yorkshire Blue, the Rhubarb Triangle and
the almost religious attraction of Real Ale boasting over 1500 Breweries,
Yorkshire has fostered all of my passions and is a wonderful place to call home.
I have also been fortunate enough to fulfil a lifelong ambition of owning a
racehorse, in fact I have part-owned two.
The first, a chestnut colt sired by a 2000gns winner, hated racing, being retired
before the end of his three-year-old career.
The second, a wonderful bay filly sired by a French 2000gns winner out of
a North American mare, was the exact opposite, winning or being placed in 16 of her 19 starts, including two wins at one of my favourite racecourses, York, restoring
my faith in horses.
I have spent my working life in the worlds of Bookmakers,
Cars and Finance, which in addition to living in this Award-Winning Village
with its diverse personalities and micro-culture, has afforded me a wealth
of experiences from which to draw and help create compelling characters and novels.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.