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Who am I?

Good question. One I often ask myself ...


I was born in Belfast during the Troubles and grew up in Springfield Park, the last working class religiously mixed area of west Belfast. One of three children, my dad was a bus driver, my mum a shop assistant in Royal Avenue’s C&A department store.

I left Belfast for London with £50 in one pocket and a dog-eared copy of Stephen King's The Stand in the other (I had big pockets). I jobbed in bars and restaurants and later worked as a writer in the software industry.


In 2017 my first thriller, SLEEPER was published by the Dome Press under the partial pseudonym, JD Fennell, and was shortlisted for the Amazing Book Awards. The follow up, SLEEPER: THE RED STORM, was published in 2018, and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

In 2023, a revised edition of both books were published by Canelo as a one volume beautiful hardback collector's edition with red and black spredges (sprayed edges). You can order this online from any bookstore.

My most recent books include  THE ART OF DEATH, SEE NO EVIL and THE SILENT MAN.

Represented by: David H Headley @ The DHH Literary Agency


I have several projects on the go including an adaption of THE ART OF DEATH. I'm also a TV writer for hire, and available to work on drama, crime and thriller genres. For further information, please contact my screen agent Emily Hayward-Whitlock @ The Artist's Partnership.

Zaffre Readers' Club

My publisher, Zaffre, run a reader's club for me and my books. Joining includes a deleted scene from The Art of Death. If you'd like to find out more click here ...

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