Hello, my pen name is John Eider. I live in the Midlands of Great Britain. I work full time and write at evenings and weekends.
I've been writing for ten years now; currently detective fiction. I have two books on Smashwords:
– Late of the Payroll
– Not a Very Nice Woman
These follow a detective team in the fictional Midlands town of Southney, and are sequential but can be read in either order. More books will follow, in crime and other genres.
I have previously written short stories, plays and poetry and appeared in the poetry journals First Time and Salopoet; also the national magazines First Edition and Writers’ Forum. I also won the Wolds Words Creative Writing Competition, poetry category, as judged by David Constantine. In my time I have submitted prose and drama to local theatres and publishers.
Six years ago I faced up to my ambition to tackle a novel, and since then have produced six full-lengh manuscripts. Late of the Payroll was the first that I submitted for epublishing.
I write because I've always had characters and scenes in mind, and poems and stories seem the obvious form to put them in; also I enjoy the act of writing, which I find fulfilling and engaging.
My themes with the detective novels are those of community under threat, and the need to care for one another – I cannot put it any simpler. Although the plots may be dense, the themes are always very clear to me.