1. Tell us a bit about your family.
I am number four of six children; three girls and three boys. Growing up was a constant struggle between going too fast and being treated like a baby. On the one had I was desperate to belong to the elite group of the older half of the family while I was constantly compared to and included with the youngsters. It was torture. I never owned my own clothes since I could always have my older brother's that were five sizes too big. By the time I grew into them they were threadbare. You will find me wearing baggy clothes to this day. Anything too closely fitting makes me uncomfortable.
2. How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I don't think that I do work through them. I think they live with me like carbuncles on my shoulders. I consult them, too. “Hey, self doubt. What petrifies you?” “Fear, what would you least like me to do?” Their answers can inspire character traits. I also find that being honest about my fears gives me insight into my own behaviour. Why on I buy baggy clothes is because I am afraid of being seen like a toddler – see that bit about my family!
3. What scares you the most?
Living in Wellington New Zealand is a life of fear. Every few weeks the ground takes to shaking and we're reminded that we live on an active fault line and only a hundred miles from one of the world's super volcanoes. One day the Wellington fault will rupture and the ground will rise a few metres. On that day, I hope me and the family are in a aeroplane somewhere in the clouds.
4. What makes you happiest?
Wine, chocolate and a movie with my wife. There is no doubt that TV is soporific – I can forget everything I'm supposed to have done if you put me in front of a good thriller. (My daughter is reading this and wonders why there's nothing about her in the answer – so, of course, I am even happier when Fern is with us as well).
5. What’s your greatest character strength?
Well, I don't know how I did it but I've written six books and published two. One non-fiction about how to be a computer contractor and one fiction, Generation, a science-based thriller. I look back with wonder that in some strange world I managed to plant my buttocks on a chair and put down over a million words. Therefore, I guess my greatest strength is my tenacity.
6. What’s your weakest character trait?
Chocolate cannot fail to bring out my gluttony, but I also zone-out when thinking. A minute can go by without me realising. This is deeply annoying to my wife and children and I sometimes wonder if it's a type of narcolepsy.
7. Why do you write?
I could say something to make you groan here, like: I write because I live. But that would be a crock of minced insects. Honestly I think I write to show off. If nobody read it I wouldn't bother. That's not to say I don't love words, I do, but that probably wouldn't get me writing novels all by itself, that might get me writing the odd poem.
A man emerges from the sodden undergrowth, lost, lonely and starving he is mown down by a speeding car on the edge of a remote forest.
Rumours of ghostly apparitions haunt a rural Northumberland community.
A renowned forensic research establishment is troubled by impossible results and unprecedented interference from an influential drug company.
Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison is a tech-phobic journalist who must link these events together.
Normally side-lined to investigate UFOs and big-beast myths, but thrust into world of cynical corporate motivations, Hendrix is aided by a determined and ambitious entomologist. Together they delve into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining.
In a chase of escalating dangers, Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.
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Genre – Crime, Thriller, Horror
Rating – R-16
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