Background to My Books

Behind every book, and woven into every story, is a mix of ideas and influences. If you want to know more about the story behind the story in my books—the ideas, the influences, the characters, the real world events—then start here.

last updated: 3 December 2018;

Some music is evocative of time or place. There are two tracks that, whenever I hear them, I think: Leathan Wilkey in Paris.

last updated: 14 October 2018; people: Gary Moore  Phil Lynott  Leathan Wilkey  Don Airey  tags: Parisienne Walkways  Paris  One Day the Messiah Will Come  Back on the Streets  guitar 

When I was writing Tattoo Your Name on My Heart, I had a need for a minor character—a guitarist who plays in the fictional rock band Prickle. Luca Parzani is that character. In crafting Luca, I took inspiration from real life.

last updated: 10 April 2018; people: Michael Schenker  Boniface  tags: Tattoo Your Name on My Heart  UFO  guitar 

Long before I wrote the first Leathan Wilkey book—literally years before I wrote the book—I had the notion of a character who was later christened Leathan. I had an idea of someone who was very human. A man who connected with people on a very human level. …

last updated: 10 October 2017; people: Leathan Wilkey  tags: Diplomatic Baggage 

Did you know that leather floors are a thing? Instead of carpets, tiles, or wood to cover the floor, you can have leather. Yeah, I didn’t know either.

last updated: 13 June 2017; people: Clementina  Leathan Wilkey  tags: leather floors 

If you’ve ever wondered about the order of the Leathan Wilkey series of novels…

last updated: 13 June 2017; people: Leathan Wilkey 

I set my second series—the Leathan Wilkey series—in Paris. I knew I wanted to set the books in a different city, I just wasn’t sure which city. All I really knew was that Leathan wasn’t going to be in London. And much of the reason for this …

last updated: 9 May 2017; people: Leathan Wilkey  tags: Paris  London 

I had an idea for a second series of books which became the Leathan Wilkey series. I wasn’t certain about the location—Budapest and Sarajevo were possibilities—but the most likely location was Paris. So I went to Paris to have a look.

last updated: 10 January 2017; people: Leathan Wilkey  tags: Bag Man  Paris  research