Nick Wastnage: 'It was only quite late in life, I started to write. It wasn’t by accident, I always wanted to do it, but never had the opportunity. When the time came, I signed up to a part-time creative writing course and began to write my first book, never published. I get my inspiration from other writers and things I’ve experienced. I try and read all the time; more when I’m not writing. I draw on poetry for a quick fix, dipping in and out when I need stimulation. Often, I will read a short poem or a verse in the morning before I start writing. I write because I enjoy it, and hope those who read my books will be entertained. I consider each book a learning curve to improve the next one.
I live with my wife and our daughter in Buckinghamshire. My eldest son is a restaurateur, my middle son a journalist, my youngest son has just graduated in politics from Durham University and my daughter is doing her A and AS levels. I have one beautiful granddaughter. I’m a member of Amnesty International, the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.'
Harry Fingle's brother is killed in suspicious circumstances. Harry, an acclaimed investigative journalist, is fired, for no reason. He vows to discover the truth. Two people are murdered, a pharmaceutical factory is bombed, and Harry's loyal girlfriend is stabbed. MI6 and the CIA pull him in to safeguard his life. They tell him he's been the ball, while they've been the players. Nick Wastnage's twitter profile reads: 'A crime writer and an optimist.' Playing Harry is his seventh novel. He's been a record salesman, a decorator, and a marine. He was once shot by terrorists, and winched a helicopter from the jungle to safety. He lives with his wife in Bucks. www.nickwastnage.com