I'm William R. Dudley, “Will” to my friends - and I hope you'll become one of them.
I was born and raised in the Midlands of England.
After a career totally involved with words and communication - first as a teacher of English Language and Literature and then as a broadcast producer, journalist and editor, welcome retirement finally gave me the time to achieve a long-held ambition and turn my hand to writing fiction.
‘The Janus Enigma ’ is my first novel, with a further two - at least - in the series to follow - "If I'm spared," as my Nan used to say.
A little more personal detail:
I play golf excruciatingly badly, guitar only moderately badly - I also try my hand at dobro, 5-string banjo and ukelele - with equally moderate results, but I'm a tryer.
I cook very well - or so I'm told - well, nobody's died yet. - I read far more than is good for me - and I write.
My chief passions are for books, music and food. I have a deep and abiding love and admiration for the works of Raymond Chandler, John le Carré, John Connolly, James Sallis and Elmore Leonard, to name but a few from a pantheon of many.
My love affair with Science Fiction comes from an early acquaintance with the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Brian Aldiss and Philip K. Dick, which later blossomed into an abiding addiction to Ian M. Banks, Joe Haldeman, Joe Scalzi, Alastair Reynolds and many, many others.
I also adore English Metaphysical and Romantic poetry, Shakespeare, theatre, old movies and good Country music - no 'Mom got run over by a moonshine-carryin' eighteen-wheeler, tryin' to save our blind, old yeller dawg ' thank you, - but Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Blue Highway and The Texas Tornados, any day - Oh yes!
I'm inordinately fond of good whisky, preferably Islay single malts.
I live with my long-suffering wife, beneath the magnificent Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, England.