I only became an author by chance when in 2010 I was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of psoriatic arthritis. The rapid spread of the disease and the resulting struggle to combat pain and crippling joint damage led to me retiring from business life in 2013. After spending almost thirty successful years working with some of the worlds leading brands in the fashion and outdoor industries, forced retirement came as an utter culture shock. Unable to work writing by means of speech recognition software became a means to keep my mind active. I believe that I write from a fairly unique perspective as someone who has lived and breathed in the cosseted world of senior executive travelling from one international fashion show to the next. Characters in my books stay in the hotels and eat in restaurants all of which were once part of my business life. Crime thrillers have always interested me so it was inevitable that this would be my chosen genre. The enduring mystery surrounding the death of the Italian banker Roberto Calvi appealed because of the sheer quantity of conspiracy theories that had evolved around the case. Several false starts later and after devouring information from books, newspapers and television a clear vision of the characters and how they interacted formed in my mind. The books have developed into a platform to explore the complexity of conspiracy theory rather than the usual two-dimensional plots that seem so prevalent today.The successful publication of The Calvi Parallax in July 2014 was quickly followed by The Calvi Continuance novellas about Arlo Negri and Alex Bale in 2014. The second book in the Ereptio Series, Quorum has just been released and is doing quite nicely. Currently my books have sold in thirty-three countries around the world and despite having not been translated have sold extremely well in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Norway.
I was introduced to the concept of “mindfulness” by the wonderful team of health professionals at the pain clinic that I attend. It took a while for me to find something that worked for me as a few of the associated therapies and disciplines like yoga, meditation or tai-chi either did not appeal to me or were beyond my physical capabilities due to the damage already done to my joints by the arthritis. Initially “colouring” seemed somewhat childish but there was no doubt that it had the desired affect of both taking my mind off the pain and relaxing me at the same time.
My problem though was with the type of adult colouring book that was available. The bulk of the material out there seemed to be both childish and very much aimed at women with kittens and suchlike. I wanted something else and that `s when I turned to the vast image-bank that I had amassed in relation to my thrillers. The books tend to be set in places that not only have I visited many times myself but attract millions of tourists each year like London, Paris and Rome. It was once I put the first few images from Italy together that I termed what I had been doing as “relax-art-ation”.