Hello, and welcome to my (hastily thrown together) website.
To be honest, when I decided to write some books, no one told me I'd have to market them myself. Ah, I hear you say, but you're an adman. That should be easy enough for an expert like you.
I can tell you it isn't. I've created ads for some of the biggest brands on the planet and that was a doddle compared to pushing my own books out there.
So here I go, trying to tell you a little bit about me and my books in the hope that you'll buy into my brand (ha ha) and we can become firm friends.
Luckily, we're off to a good start because I like you already – so thanks for stopping by.
Now I'll let you off the leash to click and scroll to your hearts content. It won't take long.
After decades of creating stuff for other people, I decided to create something for me. Hacking George is my debut novel and a labour of love.
A former town planner and rock drummer, I finally found my niche as an advertising creative in London UK. I enjoyed some nice lunches, won a few awards, and met a lot of interesting people.
Later, disillusioned with big ad agencies, I co-founded HYPtv, a television production company and emerging talent showcase. It did okay, but never made much money. Along the way, I mentored numerous young filmmakers, helping them take their first steps into commercials, TV and film. They taught me a lot too. In 2017, I co-produced the New York Times Critics Pick feature film Us and Them. It's worth a mere 83 minutes of your time.
I share a creaky 400-year-old cottage on the edge of London with rampant woodworm and my infinitely patient author and book cover designer wife Berni Stevens. When I'm not working, you'll find me exploring canyons in the high desert of south-east Utah searching for ancient ruins and rock art. And getting lost. If you're interested, check out my Utah hiking website.
My next novel, another instalment in the life of George, is scheduled for release in spring 2024.
A Path of Life
Web of Lies
"Not To Be Missed. If ever proof were needed that a good book doesn’t need a tortuously complicated plot, a high body count and gratuitous sex and violence then this is it." – Kevin Cannon, Reedsy
“Hilarious! Maddening, touching and endearing… breaks every mould and shatters every expectation.” – The International Review of Books
Playing God is a dangerous game, even if you do write the rules and think they’re pretty neat.
Loner George Sanderson has an epiphany. He believes he has the power to influence fate and set the world to rights. Then out of the blue comes downtrodden Angela Hayworth. It’s a perfect opportunity to test his new ability.
But George soon discovers that playing games with people’s lives is fraught with danger. And when his own life starts to fall apart, he’s forced to confront the chilling truth…
Someone is manipulating him.
With his freedom and sanity at stake, George must fight for everything he holds dear – especially his lawn, his meat thermometer, and Angela’s flawless teeth.
Perfect for fans of Richard Osman, Ben Elton, Robert Goddard and Fredrik Backman, Hacking George will put a smile on your face and a tear in your eye as it drives you towards its startling end.
Coming November 2023
George's talents have been spotted by an FBI team desperate to stop a series of deadly attacks by far right extremists. Of course, George would rather stay at home and make sure Angela doesn't overcook the roast chicken, but the team makes him an offer he can't refuse. How will he cope in the real world of subterfuge, and in a country where Earl Grey is just a regular guy and not his preferred blend of tea?
I hope to publish this latest instalment of George's life in May 2023.
"Filled with delightfully quirky characters and witty situations, the author takes a completely ordinary man, an accountant no less, and turns him into the unlikely hero of this highly entertaining story.... a delightful read that delivers great characters, an interesting plot and a satisfaction that at the end you’ve not been short changed."
– Kevin Cannon, Reedsy
“Sometimes you take a chance and you’re rewarded.”
“Laugh-out-loud funny cosy crime fiction.”
“One of the best novels I have read in a very long time."
“Had me reading late into the night.”