Meet The Characters

Photograph by Doptaz

Photograph by Doptaz

Breaking Protocol sprung from another idea I had about mixing genres. I wanted to pair fantasy/horror with crime/thriller. It’s been done, and well, by a few authors – James Oswald comes to mind.

Joe Flanagan grew from my ideas re: the above. In this first book (of the series) I see him as a bit of a lad. He’s five years qualified and already holds a senior role in his chosen profession. He knows it’s not really down to his expertise and more a case of who you know. His father is a criminal psychiatrist and is acquainted with Flanagan’s boss – they were at university together – I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

So, Flanagan’s thirty-two, he’s been through a fair bit of trauma already (you’ll have to read the book to find out what). He’s into sports, football mainly, but his job keeps him from them – he compromises by coaching football in his spare time.

In Flanagan’s first adventure he teams up with a veteran cop who doesn’t take any nonsense. It’s a tentative arrangement. I enjoyed writing their relationship and I hope it comes across that way.

There’s also romance that may or may not work out (you’ll have to read … well, you get the idea).

The next book is formulating. I want to make Flanagan a bit more grown up – mature. Someone who, rather than wallowing in self-pity, is finally accepting of his past and is able to build on it – strengthen his character. I would like to focus a bit more on Flanagan’s work, but that will mean some extensive research. Luckily I enjoy that side of writing/building a story, it’s what makes it so interesting.

All I need to do now is get on with it.

Watch this space 😉

*Meet John Bridger