Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I was born in London, UK, and served in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer for a number of years. After a while working in industry as an engineer, I joined the police in Lincolnshire. Then I gave it all up to become a SCUBA Diving Instructor, travelling and working around the world. After a few years of running my own dive centre in the Canary Islands, Spain, I returned to the UK to allow my daughters to experience British schooling. I decided to put my experiences down in writing in the form of a series of memoirs, as a legacy for my family, and at the request from various diving customers who were interested in reading about my past life and careers. To date, book 1 is published, book 2 is due to be published in a couple of months, and book 3 is still in the “ideas” stage.
Tell us about your books.
Book 1 in “The Memoirs Series” is called “Beyond the Waves: My Royal Navy Adventures” and it covers the years that I served in the Royal Navy as an engineer. It follows my progress through the ranks, ultimately reaching the rank of Petty Officer in charge of a department aboard the aircraft-carrier HMS Invincible. It details all of my deployments and adventures around the world at various ports-of-call.
Book 2 is called “Single-Crewed: My Life as a Police Officer” and covers my years spent patrolling the towns, city, and countryside of Lincolnshire, UK. It gives a detailed account of life as a police officer, sharing the dangers and pressures faced on a daily basis. It is due for publication in May 2018.
Book 3 is in the ideas stage, but will tell of my travels as a diving instructor all around the world.
How did you go about getting published?
I originally submitted my first book to various traditional publishers in the UK. Although they liked the content and style of writing, they stated that it was a limited audience and as such was not financially viable for them as a company. I then chose to self-publish via Amazon, and have not looked back since. I have been receiving regular sales through this method, and will use the same for subsequent books. (unless head-hunted and offered a better deal).
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write mainly in the mornings after a short run around the local streets (it clears my mind). As to location, I only get to use the family dining table once the kids are away at school and my wife is out of the house. School holidays are a no-go area – no writing during them…!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Running, SCUBA diving, hiking – anything adventurous.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Have a good idea of what you want, then get a specialist to design it for you. I have seen expensive designers advertised, but I went with a recommended designer on the Fiverr website – they were extremely good, and I’ll use them again next time.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Join as many social media groups as possible, sign-up to as many websites as possible, join specialist groups relating to your book’s subject matter – and post, tweet, write repeatedly. I blasted the social media outlets constantly for the first month, then regularly posted after that to keep the interest going. A website and a blog are also essentials too.
What’s your favorite book?
Anything by Dan Brown
What are you reading now?
“Deadly Stillwater” by Roger Stelljes
What’s your next book project?
“Single-Crewed: My Life as a Police Officer”
Due for publication in May 2018.
It tells the story of my service as a police constable in the Lincolnshire Police Force, UK. From high-speed pursuits, to foot-chases; working with police dogs, to joining the Riot Team; it tells of the REAL LIFE experiences of a police officer in 90’s Britain.