"I like to write about what I know, as the old maxim says. I know about Southend. It's where I grew up and have lived my days watching the place flourish and struggle and change. I had some adventures in South London in my teens and twenties, mainly while doing some college back in the nineties. South London is frenetic, its all going on up there, and frankly there's too much going on! That intensity is what I've tried to capture in Long Time Dying - all as a back drop to a helter skelter crime adventure with gangsters, hard men, drug dealers, prostitutes, fast cars and guns to boot."
Carter says the book is one of his proudest achievements.
"Writing has got to be one of the hardest yet most alluring hobbies and careers - there is. Whatever anyone says about writing, be under no illusions, it ain't easy, but it is enormously rewarding."
Long Time Dying feature main characters, Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley, estranged lovers and former private eye business partners. Their old boss reuintes the pair back together for one last job. "But the job is to save Dan Bradley's sanity as well as his life. The story is pretty raw in places, and has aspects of life in 2014 which people should recognise as being real.This story features the rough, the rich and the ragged. I hope readers across the world enjoy will learn a little about Southend and maybe South London too. But mainly I want them to enjoy the ride."
Long Time Dying, Book 1 of the Roberts and Bradley Private Eye series is out now at amazon kindle store http://www.amazon.co.uk/