Welcome to my page on Author Central Here I’ll tell you a bit about my ebooks Holding Briefs and Hunter’s Moon. That lists them in order of publication, although here I’ll be treating them in a different order.
First a bit about me. I come from Sheffield, in the north of England. I've been writing for a number of years and discovered the potential of publishing to kindle in the fall of 2010. When not writing, my hobbies include Classical Music, photography and gardening.
Hunter’s Moon was written from 1998 onwards. The story is set in Cornwall and in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Most of this story is set in 1998, but parts are set some twenty years previously. It was inspired by a telephone conversation in the early 1980s with an old college friend. Unfortunately nothing ever came of this and the file was consigned to the proverbial dusty drawer. When in the late 1990s I had a conversation with a work colleague about a secret that would make people kill to keep it hidden, my thoughts turned to the drawer and the old idea.
A great deal of what was written in the 1980s was jettisoned, although one line “Cross? Did you say cross?” did make it into the final version. I had a few thoughts about what title to use, rejecting “Rex” which was used as a working title, “Which King?” also rejected, before coming up with the title “Hunter’s Moon” which works on a couple of levels – not least with a character called Hunter and most of the action takes place within a cycle of the moon.
In 1978 Susan Davies made an important discovery which changed her life. Turning her back on her political ambitions, she disappeared.
Twenty years later her niece, Claudia Keenan, an investigative reporter in Cornwall meets one of Susan’s old friends, On Claudia’s way home she is killed in a car crash, A tragic accident, or has Claudia discovered what happened to Susan?
The police investigation is limited to a local hero, Frank Peters, and a relative newcomer to the force, Donna Miller. Donna has always wanted to join the police and thus ambition also enables her to get away from the atmosphere at home where her father’s strong religious beliefs dominated her life. Her involvement is brought to the attention of some local witches.
Assisting the enquiry is a local black schoolteacher, Kent Trenwith. As the case progresses, Donna is forced to re-examine her beliefs and prejudices. Although Donna finds Kent attractive, at the back of her mind is the suspicion that he may be one of the local witches and she is falling under his spell.
Holding Briefs is more recent. It was completed in 2010. It is set in a Northern English city. Like Hunter’s Moon, it deals with secrecy, although in this case no-one loses their life as a result of the secret.
Bob's job as a barrister has brought him to a new city where he meets up with an old friend Oliver. He joins Oliver's choir and also gets invited to Oliver's nudist swimming club where he enjoys his first visit. At work he encounters Sue, one of the senior partners. They get along rather well, but at some time he will need to tell her about his nudism. How will she react? How will it affect his status at work? Over the course of the next couple of weeks he is able to keep the secret, but then after she harbours suspicion about what he was doing the previous evening she interrogates him.
As a barrister she is used to asking questions to find out the truth....
In the autumn of 2010 it was serialized and published on the UK based Naturist-Corner website where it attracted some favourable comments:
“…although I'm not a great reader of fiction I thoroughly enjoyed it Nicely written and quite enjoyable. Easy to read…”
“…From my limited knowledge of "the Law" the organisation of Chambers is accurately described. I hope that subsequent parts will be available here, as my curiosity has been piqued, and I would like to see where the Author takes the story…”
Having completed Holding Briefs, I wondered about a sequel and work has started on the further adventures of Bob and Sue, but I don’t have a completion date for volume 2 at present.