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For my sins, I used to be a television director. And I was lucky enough to win a Royal Television Society Award.
During that time, I met all sorts of weird and wonderful people, including a gangster who offered to kill anybody who upset me. But instead of taking up his offer, I decided to join the exciting digital revolution and take my storytelling skills to the world of fiction.
My first novel, a crime thriller called Run, Run, Run, reached number one on the Amazon UK crime and thriller chart.
My aim as a writer is to tell exciting stories that haven't been told before, and to introduce readers to intriguing characters they haven't met in other books. In that way I want to be an explorer.
Favourite living writers: William Boyd, Haruki Murakami, John Le Carre, Ken Follett, Ian McEwan, Robert Harris, David Peace, Aaron Sorkin, Tom Stoppard, Clive James, Milan Kundera, James Ellroy, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood
Favourite dead writers: Graham Greene, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Chandler, Iris Murdoch, J. G. Ballard, Arthur Conan Doyle, E. M. Forester, John Buchan, Patricia Highsmith, Harold Pinter, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, T. S. Eliot, W. Somerset Maugham
Favourite films: Casablanca, The Third Man, JFK, Sabotage, Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle, The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Lives of Others
Favourite TV: Mad Men, Twin Peaks, The Hour, The West Wing, The Singing Detective, 24, The Sopranos, State of Play
Favourite musicians: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Henryk Gorecki, Eminem, Underworld, Dave Brubeck, Lana Del Rey, Clint Mansell, Tori Amos, Max Richter
Other influences: Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, René Magritte, Andrei Tarkovsky, Matthew Bourne, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Picasso, Man Ray, Luis Bunuel, Groucho Marx
Favourite colour: The deepest, darkest navy blue