About the author
Dan Frazer is a little bit schizophrenic. It's hard not to be when you are, in fact, two entirely separate people: Dan Smith and Frazer Fearnhead.
They met over the garden fence when Dan moved next door to Frazer in 2007. Soon discovering a common love of cooking pretentious food (because of greed), watching pretentious French cinema (because of the naked girls) and listening to pretentious music (because it made them sound cultured), they also found they loved the same sort of unpretentious books: trashy thrillers.
One drunken night, they began a well-trodden rant, bemoaning the fact that all the wisecracking heroes in thrillers were American. Most British thrillers seemed to be gritty police procedurals or gruff SAS-types saving the world. Despite loving books about dysfunctional, grumpy protagonists like Rebus or Tom Thorne, they wanted a British hero who was, well, cool.
They had a Martini-fuelled epiphany; stop moaning and start writing.
Surprisingly, even when sober it still seemed like a good idea. They chose to write about the place they knew best: the “footballer belt” of North Cheshire/South Manchester. A place of contrast, where brash, ostentatious consumption meets picturesque countryside, they wanted to share why they loved the place so much.
They also wanted a hero who would fight for justice, but solve problems in a unique way, using his brain rather than violence.
What followed was two years of arguing, bitching, sniping, pedantry (Dan), haranguing (Frazer) and lots of laughter. They loved every minute of it. Sort of.
The Cheshire Sect is the result. Download the free sample chapters to see how it turned out.