David W Stokes...
I have worked as a broadcast journalist for many years, for Independent Radio News on both Downtown Radio and Cool FM, covering all the major ‘Troubles’ stories from Northern Ireland, including the IRA Hunger Strikes, The Maze Prison break-out, The Poppy Day bombing in Enniskillen and the Omagh Bomb atrocity.
I have interviewed a whole range of people – from Ian Paisley, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams to Margaret Thatcher, Chris Patton and the late Mo Mowlam.
Oh, yes, and I won a Sony Award for my radio coverage of the then US President Bill Clinton’s historic visit to Northern Ireland.
Currently, I am Group Editor at 4SM (NI), a highly respected and long established publishing company based in Hillsborough, County Down, where we produce a series of trade and business-to-business magazines, including Export & Freight, Sustainable Ireland and Plant & Civil Engineer. Not quite as exciting as my previous day job, but at least it allows me time to devote to my first love: thriller writing.
My favourite authors are, in no particular order, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, James Patterson, Stieg Larsson – and Vince Flynn, he of ‘Mitch Rapp’ fame.
Along with my wife Jackie, I have travelled abroad extensively; one of my favourite European cities is Venice in Italy.