I was born in St Andrews and studied Medicine at Dundee University.
Back in the seventies Dundee was famous for the ‘three Js’ – jute, jam and journalism. As a hard-working medical student and an aspiring writer I began writing short stories for the Children’s Corner of The People’s Friend, one of the family magazines published by DC Thomson, the company responsible for the journalism in the 'three J’s' of Dundee. When I moved to Hull to work in cardiology I continued to write children’s stories and regularly contributed to the Kingston-upon-Hull Telephone Exchange ‘Dial a Bedtime Story,’ for which I received the munificent sum of one pound per story.
Some years later, when scribbling prescriptions failed to satisfy my literary cravings I bought a second-hand typewriter, became a part time General Practitioner and started writing medical books, magazine articles and a couple of newspaper columns. Later still, I turned to fiction writing and started to write novels. I write crime, historicals, westerns and children's novels. In addition, I write books on health and general non-fiction.
I am a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, International Thriller Writers, the Society of Authors, Western Fictioneers and the Western Writers of America. With my medical hat on, I am a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and of various other professional bodies.
I live with my wife Rachel in Wakefield in West Yorkshire within arrowshot of historic Sandal Castle.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, cinema, theatre, walking, good books and conjuring. And occasionally I seek out remote places to play golf.