About the Author

Previous lives

Before becoming a full-time author of fiction in 2015, I variously worked as:

  • a Stasi and SED (East German Communist Party) files archivist – primarily evaluating and processing records of the opposition movements in the GDR as well as security issues on the Berlin Wall;
  • a co-operative development worker;
  • and a book seller.

Work In Progress

I’m currently drafting and writing several stories but since I caught Covid a couple of years ago I’ve been finding it difficult to bring a book to production. Nevertheless, work is progressing and we’ll have to see which of the following books will be published first:

  • A near future climate fiction story set in northern England. There are some of the dark elements of Cold Island in there, but also a liberal dollops of hope and excitement.
  • For those who enjoy my crime and spy books more, I’ve got a murder story set in present day Berlin, and one of the victims has a hidden Stasi past.

Previous Work

  • The East Berlin Series of proto-utopian fiction set in a GDR that didn’t disappear in 1990.
  • Cold Island, set in the near future of a post-Brexit UK, seeing the changes through the eyes of an EU citizen who has lived most of her life in Britain.
  • The Cold War Lieutenant Reim series of spy and crime fiction,  which starts in 1983. The novels are narrated by our eponymous anti-hero, a junior officer in the Stasi who has an unhealthy habit of getting into trouble. This series has been very popular among readers and I’m not going to rule out a return to Reim sometime in future. I have plenty of ideas of where I could take Reim next, so watch this space, or sign up to my newsletter to be the first to hear whether and when I give Reim another outing.
  • With Seeds for Change Co-operative, I co-wrote the non-fiction books A Consensus Handbook and How To Set Up A Workers’ Co-op.

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