Stephen is a happily retired Police officer having served with Essex Police as a Constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya who is also his best friend. Both his sons, Luke and Ross, were members of the armed forces, collectively serving five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013. Both were injured on their first tour. This led to Stephen's first book; Two Sons in a Warzone - Afghanistan: The True Story of a Fathers Conflict', which was published in October 2010. When not writing, Tanya and he enjoy the simplicity of walking their three German Shepherd dogs early each morning, at a time when most sensible people are still fast asleep in their beds.