Write about what you know is the old adage.

Fortunately, having been around for quite a few decades, I’ve had a great many experiences - mainly good, though not exclusively! So I think I can write about a wide range of incidents.

Where I don’t have direct experience, I’ve chatted with so many other people (as counselling clients, friends, members of groups I’ve been involved in and other acquaintances) that I know who to speak to and, of course, there is the Internet these days.

I hope, therefore, that my novels come across as “authentic” - it’s a pet hate of mine when an author describes something that simply couldn’t happen - or not in the way described. I find it destroys their credibility. I do hope I don’t fall into that trap - though I accept that we all make mistakes from time to time.

I hope you enjoy reading my work.


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My début novel, Summer Dreams,  was inspired by a real event and most of the incidents described (or something very similar) have happened - but the story and is a work of fiction as are the main characters. If you recognise some of the locations - that wouldn’t be surprising.

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Summer Dreams

Operation Busted Flush

Trump’s treatment of transgender people - especially those in the military - made me wonder what would happen if a group of trans veterans decided to take action.

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Busted Flush Changes


A tale of corruption, blackmail, revenge, drug smuggling, murder and cross-dressing - and personal discovery.

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Transgender Tales

Transgender Tales

Straddles the line between fiction and non-fiction.

It includes a diary that I kept when I first moved to Manchester and was deciding whether or not I needed to transition completely as well as some humorous anecdotes from that period (1997-9) but it also includes some stories that I wrote at the time for Cross Talk, the Northern Concord group magazine - which are republished on this website.

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Imposter - due for release 8th September 2023

Jeff Shaw is transgender; he's been looking for a way of transitioning without causing financial problems for his family.

The train he’s on is bombed and Michelle and Glen, two fellow passengers he’s been talking to, are killed. Neither has family or friends to miss them and Jeff realises this is his opportunity for his male identity to be 'killed' in the incident and for him to reappear as Michelle.

But where did Michelle's substantial bank balance come from — and will it bring consequences in the future?

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Chris's family don't know he cross-dresses.

If his wife ever found out, it could be the end of his marriage — and cost him his daughter.

But CAN his activities remain secret?

If not, what will the impact be?

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