Why write crime?


It’s my favourite genre to read. I do my best to create the kind of books I lose myself 

in regularly, as I explore the mechanics and psychology of criminal activity.

Any advice to aspiring authors?


Develop a thick skin and be prepared to knock on a lot of doors before finding a

publisher or agent that is prepared to take a risk with your work. Read successful 

authors but develop your own, authentic style. Separate the joy of writing, from the 

journey to becoming a published author, and do not accept rejection as defeat.

Where do you find the time to write?


I make time. It’s that simple and that difficult. There are set opportunities available to

me, such as school holidays, and I schedule my most intense writing activity around 

these periods. I enjoy the process of writing which makes it feel less like work and 

more like love.

Your favourite book of the DI Harry O’Connor (Badger) series?


Impossible to answer, although I have favourite scenes and characters from each of the novels. I love to ask readers this question though, along with which actor they imagine best playing Badger in a movie.

There is often discussion about your South African indentity and British roots. Why did you decide to to set the novels in England?


Although based in Bedford, the town where I was born and grew up, my stories rarely remain in one geographical location. Badger is a Traveller as well as a policeman and the landscapes of my novels reflect his intrinsic need to explore and keep moving. I like to imagine that like me, Bedford is the starting point of a journey but rarely exclusively, where the entire story is to be found.

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