John was born and brought up in south Manchester, before taking to a life at sea. He has since lived all over the world, from the Solomon Islands to the Falklands, Cyprus, Holland and the Isle of Man.
Now he and his long-suffering wife have dropped anchor in York. Retirement has meant he has turned his hand to writing historical fiction, with, in his own words, a strong romantic thread.
John has spent a long time researching his family tree and found a lively lot of ruffians, rogues and chancers, all of whom are conveniently dead, so they can’t sue, and who make great subjects to write about.
His first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in October 2017 by Crooked Cat Books, and was short-listed for the 2018 Joan Hessayon prize.
He is now working on another historical romance, with the next generation of ancestors.