ABOUT ME: I am a writer - author of more than 20 books published since the year 2000. I write mainly multi-genre novels in which suspense walks hand in hand with history and romance. Born in the small mining town of Felling in the north-east of England, I now live in a sleepy Gascony village in south-west France. I am also an artist and paint anything and everything, but specialise in animal portraits.

Which brings me to another passion - my dogs, Candy and Toby, and I will be recounting their adventures along with my own.

I am also involved in fund-raising and helping to re-home abandoned dogs here in South-West France. You will find details of them on a specially dedicated page. Please think of adopting a needy dog, rather than spending a small fortune on an expensive thoroughbred. For more information on dogs waiting for adoption please go to my doggy pages.

This is me through the ages - from a six week old infant who almost died through lack of nourishment to where I am now, entering my 73rd year but still feeling about 38 inside.