Tell us about your latest creation:
The next book in the Jefferson Winter series is WATCH ME. This time Winter is heading to northern Louisiana to investigate the murder of lawyer, Sam Galloway. All he has to go on is a video of Galloway being burnt alive…
Where are you from / where do you call home?:
St Albans. It’s a cathedral city just outside London.
I wanted to be a rock star.
What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:
I’m really hoping that my best work is still to come. I’d hate to think that I’ve peaked already!
Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:
Complete chaos. I write at the kitchen table, and I have two children aged 2 and 5. Let’s just say that it gets interesting at times.
When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:
I read most things, but my favorite writers are Stephen King, Lee Child and Jodi Picoult – their books go straight to the top of my reading pile.
What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:
Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. I was 11 when I got hold of a copy, and reality has never been the same since. I reread it recently and it was as amazing as I remember.
If you were a literary character, who would you be?:
I think it would be fun to be Hannibal Lecter for a day or two…
Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:
I train horses and riders, and I teach guitar … but not at the same time!
What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:
Favourite food: duck pancakes with hoisin sauce
Favourite drink: Fortnum and Mason tea
Who is your hero? Why?:
I’m going to have two. Stephen King is my literary hero and John Lennon is my musical hero. The term genius is overused these days, but I think it is more than appropriate to use it in these two cases.
Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:
The biggest challenge is getting kids to read. They’re the readers of the future, and without them the publishing industry will wither and die.