I started off with the idea of writing a very short story about two useless, drunken corporate video producers - Mick and Jim - sleeping off hangovers, in hammocks strung up in their lino-floored Soho office.
I had no idea their mis-adventures would lead to three novels, including exotic locations like Southsea, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, the Amazon and Lanzarote - all of which they manage to tarnish significantly with their presence.
To save your brain from scrambling, I suggest you read them in the order:
They Win. You Lose.
Sea View Babylon
I've tried to make the books a fast read with 'page turner' chapter endings. I don't like books which involve long descriptions of the environment, or what the characters are wearing. I think my experience as a comedian and copywriter, make me want to get to the point quickly, deliver the goods and move on. When I was a comedian, I told funny stories (no jokes) where it was very important for the audience to build a picture (their picture) in their minds. That's what I've tried to do in the books - leave the reader to imagine a lot of the peripheral details, in the same way you do when you're listening to radio.
I've been a copy, speech and scriptwriter for a long time!
Before that, I wrote songs and stories for the BBC, then became a stand-up comedian for eight years, writing my own stories (no jokes!). I also wrote and sang all the songs for my rock band - the Stan Arnold Combo.
I now live in and work from Lanzarote, with my wife Dee and cat, Bonzo.
In my three and a half years here, I have written three funny novels - The Implosion Trilogy, no less!
The stories are about two incompetent Soho-based video producers who drink too much, don't earn enough and get too many death threats.
I suppose the next thing to do is promote these little offerings so I can achieve my life's ambition - to own a garden shed on Mustique.
(All very well, I hear you say, but have you seen the price of creosote on the island?)