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 If Stanley were real he would now be in his 80’s, and probably unhappy about not being able to `work’. So when he came to ask why I have not finished telling his story, I had to admit that although the last book has been started people did not seem interested in his story, as it did not contain werewolves, vampires, ghosts, etc., or modern technology and police work;  just sex, gangs, murder and mayhem, in other words good old-fashioned crime.  All the things that were actually happening in London after WW2. The things people did to survive and make money. 

It was not all Mills and Bloom, it was more rackets, murder, gangs and bent coppers (police).  West-end Central was the most notorious police station going. Coppers on the make and take, turning and looking the other way unless things got too bad then grabbing someone to show they were doing something.  There was the odd government agency operating, nothing like Jame Bond, more like removal men, assisting others or their own governments when needed. Well-trained and ruthless killers, assassins if you prefer, but killers all the same.  As Stanley said it was a job, it had to be done and he was paid well, and governments interfering in other countries is no newer than back scratching.  I had to agree with this statement.

Anyway I digress. Stanley is somewhat at a loss as to why the story of a boy’s love for his mum and his protection of her does not appeal, after all it is normal, isn’t it? As for the Escort Agency nothing wrong there and the girls were beautiful, healthy and well looked after.  His reputation saw to that.

So I have told Stanley that the second book is being proofread, and I will be back with him and the others soon.   He did agree about one thing though, Russell is the right choice.

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I have always been interested in sailing and Naval History, and knowing this my sister gave me books on the subject for birthday and christmas presents – for which I am grateful having enjoyed them very much.  However, I felt there was a gap in that area and began toying with the idea of writing myself having had ideas going round in my head for some time.

The turning point came from an article I had read in a newspaper, a literary critic was complaining that although the books she had read contained romance they were `sedate´. Yes there were hints of sex but no actual sex, that is when I decided to start writing and put some sex alongside action, blood and guts; with sailors who had the money, setting up mistresses. All this existed and is well documented in history even to the point of women being on board the sailing ships with a small number impersonating crewmen fighting and dying along side them. There were also births on board all of whom were recorded and  added to the ships muster, such was the way in the  Royal Navy during the 17th, 18th and early 19th century.  So I started to write and Jason, the times and people in his life  were born, I hope you enjoy it.

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