Hi, I'm Barry Litherland. Welcome to my website. I live in the far North 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.
My latest novel, "The Hand of Ronan Hawke," features on a fascinating website. This is the link to a podcast of the first three chapters.