He was an award-winning journalist for 35 years, beginning on The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a major regional daily across the north of Scotland, where he concentrated on the news side, and then moved to the Birmingham Post where he was business editor.
Ten years in PR, mostly business-to-business, followed, and though largely retired from that side now, he still retains clients in wealth management and sports hospitality.
Children’s books take in The Amazing Adventures of the Silly Six, The Crazy Adventures of the Silly Six, and Santa’s Story Sack.
A first romantic novel, Still Hope for Suzi, has added an extra string to his bow.
Published by Grosvenor House Publishing, his efforts have raised hundreds of pounds for different charities.
John said: “For me, book-writing is more a hobby than a money-earner.
“As you get older you have to tick off some of those bucket list ambitions which fell by the wayside and now with more spare time available I finally have the opportunity to do it. It has proved a lot of fun and people seem to enjoy the stories.
“Certainly, the feedback from children has been enormously gratifying.”
Originally from the Wirral, educated at Uppingham School and Dundee University, John is a widower with two grown-up children.
He lives in Moseley, a suburb of Birmingham.
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