Hi, I'm Barry Litherland. I live in the far Nortrh of Scotland not far from John O'Groats. I'm married and have three children, a grandchild and two springer spaniels.
I love reading, writing my novels, cycling, walking on the coast and in the hills and silence. I often use the sea and the mountains as the backdrop for my novels. I used this scene in an early novel called "A Tale of Shadows".
I was born and raised in the coastal tourist town of Blackpool in the NW of England and still return there regularly. I have created a fictional coastal town - not at all like Blackpool - as the setting for two crime novels, "Waves Break" and "Shifting Sands".
I spent a lifetime in education as a primary teacher, head teacher and development officer. I am passionate about the role of literature in education and could bore you to death talking about how we should foster a lifetime love of reading. Now, I'm writing my own series of novels for 8-12 year-olds and their parents and teachers.
I also write fast-paced, high quality, literary crime and paranormal crime novels. Check out the reviews.
At the moment, I'm working on a literary crime fiction novel called "The Hand of Ronan Hawke" which should be available in the not too distant future. I'm thinking of using the image opposite as the cover.
I'm also working on the second in my "Jenny" series for 8-12 year olds. It's an adventure story with magical twists and its also a humorous take on the process of writing stories. It should appeal to children but also to their parents and teachers.