David Waine was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1949. He is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom went on to become teachers like their father. It was during his teaching career that he developed an interest in writing, initially plays, and his adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was performed at the Cockpit Theatre (the forerunner of Shakespeare's Globe) as part of the Globe Theatre restoration in 1991. He took up novel writing after leaving the profession, and his first published work, 'The Planning Officers' appeared in 2011. He has followed this up with an epic fantasy trilogy, 'A King's Head', made up of the individual novels: 'Usurper', 'A Sovereign's Honour' and 'A New Queen Rises'. A sequel trilogy, 'A Queen's Heart' followed in 2012-14. This is made up of the individual novels, 'The Ancient Realm', 'The Shattered Realms' and 'The Power of Four Queens'. An appendix, 'Larussi's Heartsong' is in preparation. Together, the two trilogies and 'Heartsong' make up the 'Avalind Books'. There will be more of these in the future.
The first of his crime thrillers, 'Chained in Time', was published in October 2011. The second in the series, 'Rutter's Reunion', followed in January 2012. The third book, 'Relapse' was published in the spring of 2014. These are the 'Rutter Books'. There will be more of them as well.
When 'Heartsong' is published, David intends to complete a collection of short stories that he has also been working on.
Review by: on July 13, 2016 :
The name of `Jack the Ripper' alone is enough to get our attention but once ensconced in this thriller `Chained in Time', we are quickly caught up in David Waine's skilfully woven tale of terror. 100 years after the Ripper's last victim, a new serial killer begins a copy-cat reign in London. The man is as elusive as his namesake and seems to know the tiniest detail of those distant massacres, which he imitates to perfection. Even with modern techniques, the police are stumbling in their efforts to prevent further disembowelling. Are they equal to the psychopathic murderer or will he run his full course?
David Waine has married two centuries masterfully. His attention to detail enforces the credibility of the story and his characters are perfectly alive, until the Ripper gets them. A story that I will read yet again for its brilliant telling and which I can recommend without hesitation.
David Waine is a writer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, so long ago that he won't mention the date. He has been happily married to his wife, Helen, for more than a quarter of a century and both are proud to be the parents of Michael and Paul. They live these days in the foothills of the Pennines and raise their animals on a smallholding (see below). He began writing seriously, initially plays, while a schoolteacher, and his adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' was performed at the Cockpit Theatre in London (the forerunner of the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe) as part of the appeal to raise funds to rebuild the legendary playhouse. A programme of that production resides in a time capsule in the Globe's foundations.
Although he began his first novel more than thirty years ago, it was not until he left the teaching profession that he was able to devote himself to writing as a career. His first novel was published in 2011.