I write about people, their pain, passions and predilections. Working for thirty years as a social worker in mental health care informs my writing. It helps me to understand psychological conflicts and the power dynamics that occur between people. I am fascinated by personality and behaviour, what forms it, how it can be damaged, which can lead to dramatic actions and catastrophic outcomes. My novels go to the root of what happens inside people when a desire becomes a compulsion, a need becomes a demand, a threat becomes a reality.
I left school at fifteen and lived in Hamilton, where I had a television repair and retail shop. I became a social worker in 1984, then a senior social worker and manager, all in the area of mental health care and legislation. I now operate my mental health law in practice business. I obtained my masters degree at Glasgow University in 1999. For the past fourteen years I have been an independent social worker in the mental health field. I now write expert reports for solicitor agencies and act as a Safeguarder in Glasgow Sheriff Court.
A turbo boost to my writing career occurred when I was shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) for the Debut Dagger Award, which is one of the most prestigious awards in crime fiction. The CWA is known for supporting and promoting authors at all stages of their career and boasts the top crime writers in the world as members.
I am now published in both fiction and non fiction. My book The Father has been released by McNidder and Grace, a reputable international publisher, the first in a three book (Sean Rooney) series. The Second book in the Series, Fatherland, will be out early in 2016, and Book 3 (no title as yet) in 2017.
I balance my time between writing novels and social work reports (almost a similar writing experience, i.e. researching, interviewing, gathering information, writing, editing). Crime writing is my passion, however, and I intend becoming a full time fiction writer.
I am a sixty two year old male, living in the west end of Glasgow, with Maggie and Saorsa, the border collie. I am a grandfather of four (Aimee Lindsay, Olivia, Hannah and Lewis), and a father of twin girls (Gemma and Claire). I love the grit of Glasgow, the ‘gallusness’ of the people, their wit, their dark humour. I am an inveterate watcher and pick up on everyday Glasgow life, the language, the ‘patter’. It is a dynamic and challenging city, with the kind of conflicts and challenges which provide a rich vein of material, which I utilise and exploit without shame or guilt.
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