Interview in the Yorkshire Post

My first author interview about The Companion is featured in today’s Yorkshire Post. I really enjoyed talking to the journalist Yvette Huddleston about the inspirations for my novel and the writing process. She describes The Companion as “an engaging and totally compelling mystery… a real page turner, and beautifully crafted”. I have of course bought, […]

Pictures and Pins

The desk where I do most of my fiction writing is also the desk at which I work as a TV quiz question setter and verifier. Switching from one mode to the other can be tricky. To help me dive back into the world of my novel I have a pinboard covered with photographs and […]

Location, location…

Anyone familiar with the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire and its history will recognize the inspiration for some of the places in The Companion. In particular Potter’s Pleasure Palace and Ackerdean Mill, whose fictional location and history was inspired by the real-life Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge. My love for the Crags […]


Browsing the personal columns of old newspapers is one of my guilty pleasures. They are ripe with intrigue, imagery and unfinished stories. Did ‘S.T.’ ever get to say to ‘R.P.’ the ‘three or four words that in all probability will make much difference’ and did the ‘nice quiet gold-cream Bedsitting room in Chelsea’ find the […]