Leathan Wilkey

Behind every book I write, and woven into every story, is a mix of ideas and influences. These posts give some background behind the Leathan Wilkey series.

When I started writing the Leathan Wilkey series, beyond telling the stories, I was interested to look at two aspects of modern life: first, how an individual survives without many comparatively modern items that we now take for granted, and second, how we ascribe value …

last updated: 17 March 2019;  category: background  tags: barter  currency  digital footprint 

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;  category: background  tags: Parisienne Walkways  Paris  One Day the Messiah Will Come  Back on the Streets  guitar 

Before I wrote the first Leathan Wilkey book, I had the notion of a character who was later called Leathan. I had an idea of someone who was very human. A man who connected with people on a very human level. But a man, for whom life was difficult because of his unique …

last updated: 10 October 2017;  category: background  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;  category: background  tags: leather floors 

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

last updated: 13 June 2017;  category: background 

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;  category: background  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;  category: background  tags: Bag Man  Paris  research