What inspired you to start writing?
A promise to my father (Pop) in his latter years to write the memories of his Bomber Command Squadron times in a book form which became a major challenge that had to be kept. Sadly, from his passing the thought of failing and letting his remembrance down became the personal driving force to complete and do himself justice, which he fully deserved.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
'In the Cover of Darkness' was Pops saying for a nighttime operational mission that fully describes the concealment of a Bomber Command flight crews commitments, existence, and survival hopes of a bombing raid assignment.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
The hardest personal challenge plus undertaking I have ever taken on, but one that has been the most rewarding.
What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
The reader taking away what Pop and every other Bomber Command aircrew member did for our future which must NEVER be forgotten.
If your book was made into a movie, who would be the celebrities that would star in it?
The thought of completely unknown actors taking their opportunity plus making the very best from the cutthroat limitations of the film industry would be my perfect wish. For any good looking, dark haired, slim build 6-foot 1 inch person with a portrayed soft spoken Scottish accent, this would be a Graham K Logan in the making.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I am an outdoor person, sports lover, and like being active. Making the very best out of life plus taking every day as it comes is my way of just being myself. Family members and good friends make each and every day so worthwhile.
If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Billy Connolly. Stephen Gerrard. Tiger Woods. Each one had the talent and desire to be the very best yet from their humble backgrounds came the rewards of perseverance and dedication.
What’s your favourite spot to visit and what makes it special to you?
Any rural area away from the reality of modern times such as the Yorkshire Dales where the quaintness of places has never changed or been defaced by trends or contemporary thinking.
Who is your favourite author and why?
Mr windswept and Interesting himself Billy Connolly. The man is a natural down to earth living legend.
What books and authors have influenced your own writing?
I’m sorry to say I am not an avid book reader. My limitations only being the daily paper plus sports and countryside magazines.