“If I could only recommend one book this year, it would be Heavy Duty People”
Vulpeslibris review 27 April 2012
SoA meets Get Carter – listen to an hour long radio interview about writing biker books – and some great tunes!
Iain Parke imports industrial quantities of Class A drugs, kills people and lies (a lot) for a living, being a British based crime fiction writer.
He became obsessed with motorcycles at an early age, taking a six hundred mile cross-country tour to Cornwall as soon as he bought a moped at the tender age of sixteen.
After working at a London dispatch job delivering parcels on a motorcycle, he built his first chopper in his bedroom at university, undeterred by the fact that the workshop was upstairs.
Armed with a MBA degree, Iain first worked in insolvency and business restructuring in the UK and Africa, where he began work on his first novel The Liquidator a conspiracy thriller set in East Africa which drew on his experiences of living overseas and was published in late 2009. Whatever you do, don’t take it on holiday as your safari reading!.
The success of that book propelled him to write a ‘Biker Lit’ crime thriller about the Brethren Motorcycle Club, Heavy Duty People, set amongst UK outlaw bikers in the North East and Borders.
This was followed by Heavy Duty Attitude, after two of the characters from Heavy Duty People unexpectedly met up again in his head and demanded he write it.
He’s now found that biker books are a bit like zombies, whenever you think you have them dead and buried but they just keep lurching back to life, only dirtier, bloodier and more violent than before.
So the third book in The Brethren MC trilogy, Heavy Duty Trouble was published in October 2012, while the whole trilogy has recently been optioned as a series for television in the UK.
Iain has now published Operation Bourbon -The First Chapter, which is the opening volume in a new Biker Noir trilogy.
Today Iain lives off the grid, high up on the North Pennines in Northumberland with his wife, dogs, and a garage full of motorcycle restoration projects.
He is currently working on a number of book projects, including the follow up to Operation Bourbon, The Lord of the Isles, and a number of other thrillers in a range of areas.
His books are available both direct and from Amazon (.com and .co.uk) and on Kindle, please follow links on each page, or through good bookshops.
Please use the contact page to send Iain a message or link to Iain Parke’s facebook page or Linkedin profile.
Iain on the radio
Listen to two frank and hopefully entertaining radios interviews with Iain on writing fiction by following the links below:
Thanks to everyone who tuned / logged in to listen live to my radio interview with Paul Green, aka Thepsycicbiker on 18th December.
For anyone who missed it, you can download a copy by following this link to EGH Media.
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