Many years writing in different environments - copywriting, elearning, academia ... now writing thrillers/mysteries. I'm trying to write the traditional hard-boiled American PI story but based in the UK - which is a rarity as far as I can see.
I began by loving American literature as a teenager. Eventually I completed a degree in English with Creative Writing and Drama, then did a Masters in 20th Century English Literature. I subsequently taught English and American literature to degree level. So my influences are many of the great American writers of the last hundred years, particularly Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Updike, Heller. Latterly I became interested in the US crime novel, so my influences became more contemporary: Chandler and Hammett, but then Ross Macdonald, James Lee Burke, Robert Parker and Robert Crais. Current interests include Michael Connolly and Harlen Coben. I'm drawn to the more literary of the crime genre writers.
I have just finished the second in my series of Sam Dyke books, The Private Lie, and am preparing to send it to agents in the UK.
What else is there but reading and writing? Oh, and films and US cop shows ... the good ones.
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