I have the longest running series of murder mysteries written by a living author. My thrillers happen to be set in the 1300s at the end of Edward II's reign. I've written Thirty-five books now, and the satisfying aspect is, the whole series is still in print - an achievement in itself in today's cut-throat market.

 

I've been taking photos for about forty years, and although the quality has varied, I've always found it a great way to relax. There's something enormously satisfying about getting the thing just right. But now there's a couple of other points to do with the pictures - I am trying to make a record of some of the places where the books are based so that readers from all over the world can see what the locations look like now. The great thing is that Dartmoor is a wilderness still. There are places there which haven't significantly changed in donkey's years.

 

There is another equally important point. I have the great good fortune to live in an unspoiled part of the country. The times are changing rapidly. It's important to leave a record of how people used to live, what the landscape looked like - even how people looked, dressed and enjoyed themselves. We're not the same down here as the "volks up-country".

 

So if you like countryside, people, and people who're interested in England, you'll hopefully like some of my shots. And if you want to learn more about me and my work, go to my website. There's a regular blog there, as well as newsletters and information about the books.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of the pictures and the sights which have appealed to this eccentric Englishman.

 

If you like them enough to want a copy, let me know. If it's for personal use, I'll be very likely to just send you a copy in the original form. If it's for business, I'll make a charge, although not a high one.

 

Finally, for those who are interested, I tend not to alter the pictures. They're pretty much as I took them, for the simple reason that my poor old Apple is too slow to bother to sharpen, fiddle with brightness and contrast, and all the other delights of post-production work. So what you see is more or less what I took.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Michael's photos show the world the beauty and wildness of the Devon countryside. I look forward to opening up Flickr every day to see what photos he's added. He includes everything - his beloved dogs, churches, wildlife, friends, award ceremonies ;-) Seriously Michael not only has an undisputable talent for writing… Read more

Michael's photos show the world the beauty and wildness of the Devon countryside. I look forward to opening up Flickr every day to see what photos he's added. He includes everything - his beloved dogs, churches, wildlife, friends, award ceremonies ;-) Seriously Michael not only has an undisputable talent for writing fantastic stories, he is also a fantastic photographer who obviously enjoys showing the world his favourite little piece of England! Michael please don't let book 28 stop you posting your gorgeous photos.

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January 8, 2009