Contemporary author of pub fiction and beer enthusiast
About the author
I am a novelist and member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. I was born, with another name, in Sunderland in 1970 and grew up in the North East of England. Despite having been in an admittedly little-known band, 3am Decision, and having worked in various guises in the legal sector, I have always managed to maintain a love of both the English pub and the written word. ‘Collapse of the Wave’ is the natural result of such a love and became my first novel.
I started writing ‘Collapse of The Wave’ while sitting in a pub, celebrating finishing co-writing a sit-com script with a friend. I looked around the place, thinking of the well-known writer’s mantra ‘Go with what you know’. I wish I could say that the notion of writing about a pub came to me straight away, obvious as it should have been, but it took about another hour and a couple of pints before the idea started to form. From that day however, what I then started to do was to write down ideas and observations on the memo pad of my phone while I was down the pub, rather than relying on remembering the next day. Well, you never remember the next day, do you? That soon made a massive difference to the amount of raw material I had to work with, and it quickly started to take shape as a novel. Don’t worry, to those who drink with me. All names and details have been changed!
And thus there and then, possibly, Pub Fiction was born.
I did get a little stuck though, once I realised that this could actually be a book. Then the project began to feel a little daunting. Phil Vine, a life coach and friend of mine, helped me focus on the next steps, which was enough to get me organised and past that point of self-doubt that can kill a writing project. After that I just thought of one chapter at a time, avoided thinking about the whole thing too much and…eventually, I got it finished in 2015.
Once the first book was done, reception was rather favourable, and I kept getting asked when the second one was coming out. This was usually while down my local or at beer festivals, where many of my target audience may be found I guess. Also, we did leave Dan in a bit of a situation, so I thought that I had better let myself and other people know what he did next. ‘Another English Civil War’ is that story and the book is about to be launched in late July 2018.