I grew up in the north of England. It wasn’t easy and the areas I lived in were rough, to say the least. As a result, I needed to be a little rough around the edges myself. However, despite the path that was laid out in front of me and the general opinions of the people around me in regards to my future, I veered away and at the age of eighteen, I joined the Parachute Regiment. It had been an ambition of mine since a very young age and I’ve been scrapping in war torn countries ever since. From Northern Ireland, to Kosovo, Sierra Leone and the Middle East, I loved it all.
After the invasion of Iraq, like many other troops throughout the armed forces, I left the British Army after discovering a new calling. Iraq was in turmoil, with government organisations and private companies crying out for professional soldiers to fill their ranks. So, I began to work as a privately funded operator in what was left of the war torn country on the Private Security Circuit.
I’ve heard people in my line of work referred to in many ways. Some would call me a soldier of fortune or mercenary; others would label me as a hired gun or bodyguard, even murderer in some cases. Me, I consider myself as an opportunist. Iraq was a hellhole of corruption, murder, and terrorism, and there was money to be made. Coupled with the financial rewards, the adventure and action made it a very attractive option for me and many of my kind.
In 2010, after hearing of others in my line of work who had written of their experiences, I decided that I too had some stories to tell. I began work on my first book ‘RUNNING THE GAUNTLET: The Private War in Iraq’. It details my experiences in Iraq on the circuit and gives a no punches pulled account of the Private Front of the ‘War on Terror’. Unfortunately, this book is no longer available. It was de-published in 2012 at my request, and I am yet to begin the search for a new publisher. After writing my first book, I realised I wanted to pursue a new career as an author and began work on my second publication.
‘When there’s no more room in Hell’ is the first of a three part series of fictional books based in a post-apocalyptic world. It follows a group of people, from all walks of life, as they fight for their survival. Filled with action, horror, suspense, humour and drama, it is a saga to suit all tastes.
I drew heavily on my own experiences while writing fiction. Many authors make a good attempt at describing battle and the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that accompany such events, but unless you have actually been there, the mark is often missed. I, however, know what it is like to be shot at, bombed, mortared, and be in a close quarter fight. Also, many of the characters in my stories are based on actual people that I have known over the years. Sadly, some are no longer with us, and as a tribute to their memory, I have hopefully immortalised them within the pages of my books.
More books have since followed, including parts two and three of ‘When there’s no more room in Hell’, and a new four book series ‘The Dead Walk the Earth’.
There’ll be much more to come…..