Born in Melton Mowbray, I now live in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in north-west Leicestershire. I was a Primary school teacher for thirty years, including headships of village schools at Cauldon Lowe in Staffordshire and Sudbury in Derbyshire. I escaped from teaching when I was fifty, tunnelling out from beneath a mountain of unnecessary paper, in order to write full-time. My first stories were science fiction/fantasy tales for children. These were broadcast on BBC Radio Leicester, then published as a children's book. I then started writing adult gory crime and horror stories under the pen-name Jack Wainer. (I changed my name because my ten-year-olds at school thought any book with David Bell on the cover was for them). Since then I have written more than thirty off-beat local history books, all bar one published by Countryside Books. (They are listed on another page). I enjoy listening to New Orleans jazz and drinking cider (the preferred drink of teenage hoodies and rambling tramps). Having been a conventional jacket-and-tie, short-back-and-sides teacher for so long, I am now the only pony-tailed eighty-year-old in town. I am a member of the Crime Writers' Association, and until recently the convenor for its Midlands chapter. (Like the Hells Angels, the CWA refers to its regional groups as chapters). I am the programme secretary of Ashby Writers' Club, founded in in 1984, which originally grew out of some short story writing classes I was running at two local colleges.
Crime Writers' Association: www.thecwa.co.uk