George Henry - Thriller Author
The son of a coalminer and a housewife, both born pre-WW1, George entered the world in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1947. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in physiology at Sheffield University in 1968 and, having become interested in neurophysiology, he stayed on to complete a PhD in that subject in 1971. Subsequently, he grabbed the opportunity to work (and play) for two years as a research pharmacologist at the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1973, he moved to Canada to become an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Toronto for three years, during which time he performed no research of note and lost interest in it. It was time for a career change. He spent two turbulent years in Vancouver digging trenches and building houses until, after an awful year’s teacher training in which he learned nothing except never to become a secondary-school teacher, he landed an instructor’s position at North Island College on Vancouver Island. Thirty years later he retired from the same college having a rewarding career teaching adult students various sub-disciplines of biology: from pharmacology and physiology to cell biology and genetics.
After retiring in 2008, George began to travel all over the world with Janet, who with several books to her credit, got him thinking about writing again. He had begun writing in the early sixties without any idea about story telling except copying James Bond novels. No effort made it past a few pages. Never happy doing the same job the same way for more than a few years, he considered another career change in the mid-eighties. He wanted to become a writer, but soon realized that writing fiction was harder than it looked, and that he wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. Instead, for a change of pace, he enjoyed a year organizing an educational project on Saint Lucia in the West Indies. The experience of living on Saint Lucia will feature in an upcoming novel.
It was after visiting the unique culture and architecture of Trieste, Italy’s most un-Italian city, in 2010 that he started to write the skeleton of a noir thriller that emerged in 2013 as the thriller Love and Death in Trieste. He soon realised this first attempt needed to be much better and withdrew it to rewrite and re-release in 2015 as the much larger and much better Blood Rain in Trieste. George has always known he must work hard and never give up—lessons instilled by his stoic, working class, Edwardian-era parents. Getting better at writing is an enjoyable experience for him and he will persevere to get better.
After Blood Rain in Trieste, George wrote Recycled Love (2017), a romantic thriller set in India and Nepal. Having visited those countries in 2009, he was again able to use his travel experience to provide authenticity to locations from Mumbai to Mount Everest.
George is strongly influenced by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, the Bernie Gunther series of the late Philip Kerr, and Robert Wilson’s Bruce Medway novels set in West Africa. These kinds of noir stories inspire him to create action thrillers populated with rock-hard characters paired with deceptively vulnerable heroines in faraway places.
George considers himself fortunate to live on Vancouver Island in a beautiful part of the world, ride his motorbike, grow his garden, make his wine and cider, walk in the mountains and travel the world with Janet whenever he wants. Currently, he is working on two sequels to Blood Rain in Trieste to continue the story of Adara and Milo’s volatile love affair in Trieste.