dan canwell - the 'thank yous'

Writing can be very rewarding personally - and by that I don't mean financially. There is a gratification in the sheer creation of the story and the satisfaction of seeing a book through from nacent idea to the fully finished article.

None of it is possible however without the help and support of a band of people who are the guinea pigs, the tasters of the dish if you will.

I set out a list of the people that have helped or are helping me - somehow - to achieve my own personal ambition to be a writer.

Claire Forster - Claire is a geneologist, and history nut, regarding anything after the English Civil War as distastefully 'modern.'  Her enthusiasm and encouragement are essential ........ She keeps me right on historical facts.

Caroline Hardy - My friend who for decades has never let my feet leave the ground and has my undying gratitude and love. She also bakes fabulous cakes and tolerates my infantile sense of humour. Sometimes.

Maureen Murrish - am award winning writer of fantasy fiction aimed at the younger end of the market. Another source of great encouragement, advice, coffee and the all important toast.

Chris Andreason - Physically Chris has provided me with a template for his near namesake. He too was in the Navy at the time of the Falklands and beyond. I hope he excuses any liberties taken [he prefers egg chasing to football] and I must take the opportunity to remind everyone that the Anderson books are pure fiction.

Lisa Sinfield - Lisa really ought to be writing herself and if she gets anything out of seeing her name here it really ought to be the knowledge that she can do it. When I was considering the background to CCCP, it was Lisa who came up with the idea of linking a thriller to the House of Faberge and in an instant the book came alive in my mind. When a plot chasm [no, not just a hole] arose in Zulu Alpha, a quick chat over a coffee sorted it.

Phyllis,Sharon, Pam and Tracey  - The wonderful core team from my local village library. Sharon for keeping them all in some kind or order, Phyllis and Pam for the coffee, biscuits and encouragement and Tracey for the sheer entertainment value and being the life force that she is. Every community desperately needs its library and I am lucky to have their support.

Jeremy Todd - I'll use his Sunday name for now for he has been there since the beginning, a quiet force whose belief in the Anderson stories at times has carried me onward. On a Saturday when our team is playing at home, you'll find him, his brother and dad taking in a quiet pint or two before the cold and windy walk towards yet another humiliation. One of life's good guys.

Karl McCoubrey - My military advisor par excellence. What the genial retired Sergeant Major doesn't know about the services and the various weapons in use, just isn't worth knowing. [I know that, he told me!]

Alex and Chris - boys, it's all about you two.

Please don't think this list is exhaustive - there are many others who have helped and assisted over many years so if your name is not up here in lights, don't be upset, read the books - you might be in them.