Down the years, it has been a privilege to work with writers, actors, producers and directors; in theatre, television and cinema. Every project a collaboration.
‘Closing the Distance’ was the first lonely thing I had done. I learned that the process was creative yes, exciting certainly, but ultimately a question of determination and stamina.
My interest in crime writing was sparked by my parents’ collection of John Creasey and Edgar Wallace novels on the bookshelves at home. I discovered Eric Ambler when I was a student. Then Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald and Elmore Leonard. And Sue Grafton and Robert B Parker. Another one of my heroes, Stephen J Cannell, said about writing crime stories… ‘All the way through, keep asking yourself – what is the bad guy doing?’ I appreciate the debt I owe them all.
Closing the Distance unearthed a new creative resolve. The second Jack Shepherd novel, Changing the Odds, is to be followed by the third in the series, provisionally titled Beating the Bounce; alongside another thriller titled One Fight at a Time, set in the years following the Second World War.
So please read on… ”