what's new ...

Some background ...

Head and shoulders picture of Michael Connor freelance writer and author

 

I have been a freelance writer for a number of years, specialising in food, travel and crime issues.  I am hotel-school trained and have spent lengthy periods in Africa (including Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone), China, Greece, the former Republic of Yugoslavia, the Caribbean and the UK.

 

I have researched and written a full page weekly feature for the Caterer and Hotelkeeper over a six year period,  plus a variety of pieces for Now Magazine, GQ, Adrenalin, The Guardian, The Mirror and The News of the World.

 

I am a member of English PEN which promotes free speech, human rights and a greater understanding through literature.

A little bit about where I am now ...

I have written less than I would have chosen to over the years.  Much of what I have done provides a diverse range of material for the plots I now dream up in fiction,  explore in fact, and experience in food and travel.

 

Private by nature, I enjoy a relaxed social life which I share with my long term partner, my son and dogs.  We live in northern Europe, but find it hard to settle in one place for long periods.  Our next move, to a location yet to be identified, is looming.

 

I enjoy a broad range of music, an endless selection of movies, off the main routes travel and have a particular affinity with Africa.  I read a great deal, mainly contemporary literature.  Street food and ethnic dishes I find far more appealing than fine dining, and carnivals more entertaining than the summer ball.  I am writing more now, currently working on a second novel, this time set in south London... of course punctuated by walking the dogs, swimming and the odd glass of wine.

And what's next ...

My new novel has been published - May All Your Names Be Forgotten is a crime thriller set in the Camberwell district of south London. Its promotion is ongoing and this will be taking up a large amount of my time over the coming months.

 

With the Chair of the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse - Justice Lowell Goddard -  stepping down,  it looks as though the inquiry has experienced a third  false start.  The scope of the remit should not be reduced as some in authority have suggested although it is possibly worth considering the release of sections by time or area to ensure matters reach the public domain without years of silence waiting for the whole completed report. It must be feasible to locate and appoint a Chair from outside the British establishment with the determination to bring the matters into the open.

 

 The 'Unacceptable Behaviour' chapter in The Soho Don may well attract further attention - with the detailing of The Kray twins in the death of a 'Piccadilly rent boy', the procurement of a young lad from Tangier and the involvement of a Lord of the realm,  and a royal - who used the the pseudonym "Old Fox". Now available from Amazon as an ebook, as well as in paperback with a glossy new cover.

 

Currently working on a psychological thriller trilogy set largely on the English south coast which explores themes of kidnap, abuse and revenge.  My publisher is seeking a launch date early in 2017.