Robert Scragg is a northerner born and bred, and has had a random mix of jobs to date, including bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor, and Football Coach. He originally intended to join the legal profession, but after getting his degree, ended up with a job in Telecoms.
Writing was something he hadn’t done much of since he left school, until around five years ago when an idea for a book popped up that he found too interesting to ignore, and his lead character, Jake Porter, plus his partner Nick Styles started to nag him to write it. His first novel, What Falls Between the Cracks, is the first in the Porter & Styles series. It was pitched during the 2016 Theakston’s Crime Festival at the “Dragon’s Pen”, to a panel of agents and editors, managing to get four ‘yes’ votes, and has since been picked up by Allison & Busby. It’s due to be released in Hardback and e-book on 19th April 2018, with paperback to follow later in the year (targeted August)
Robert lives in Tyne & Wear, with his wife, and dog, Lola. Away from work and writing, he’s a long-suffering follower of Newcastle United, fan of all things martial arts, scuba diving and mountain climbing, and self-confessed crime fiction junkie. His favourites in the genre include Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Linwood Barclay, Lee Child, Michael Connelly,, Sarah Hilary, Mari Hannah, Mark Billingham and Howard Linskey to name but a few.
Robert is also a founding member of the North East Noir crime writers group that was born following a workshop at Newcastle Noir crime writing festival in 2015, which meets every fortnight to discuss each other’s WIP’s, offer/receive feedback & chat about all things crime fiction related.
Check out Robert’s guest spot on the Newcastle Noir blog, linked to the Newcastle Noir crime festival, about his experiences to date of trying to break into the world of crime writing.