Welcome

I am thrilled that my debut novel A Quiet Place To Kill was published on 1st September 2021 by Amazon imprint Thomas and Mercer.

It was a long time coming and took a lot of work but the first of my Kember & Hayes mysteries is available to buy here.

Having won over an agent who then worked hard to find me a publishing deal, my goal of becoming a published author of historical crime novels has been realised. I took the plunge in 2018 to join the Three Month London-based Creative Writing Course with Curtis Brown Creative, taught by Charlotte Mendelson, which not only gave me a supportive group of like-minded scribes but also the confidence to enter the 2019 Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award where I achieved Highly Commended. My elation then doubled when Nelle Andrew, now of the Rachel Mills Literary agency, offered me representation!

Hooking an agent is only ever half the battle and I still believe in Anita Shreve’s assertion that “The only difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is the published writer never gave up.” Stephen King in his book On Writing said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” It’s true, the hard work never stops.

I will continue to visit relevant places of interest and make periodic blog posts on subjects of interest to me that I hope will have some interest for you too.

I do hope you enjoy your visit here and I thank you for dropping by.

Neil