During the span of his award-winning career, he has written forty novels, including the highly successful 633 Squadron series, from which the box office hit film was made, and which has spawned a loyal cult following. There are ten novels in the 633 Squadron series.
The Literary Award came from The Mark Twain Journal for his First World War drama.
"In recognition of your outstanding contribution to American fiction by your novel A Killing For The Hawks, you have been unanimously elected Knight of Mark Twain."
"Sir Frederick" didn't rest on his laurels after that and carried on writing. Dedication paid off, and his novels have been published in 35 countries world wide I(including Japan and China), and demand from students of his many courses led to publication of the non-fiction guide Write A Successful Novel, written with his agent and fellow author, Moe Sherrard-Smith.
Novels like the 633 Squadrons and his black comedy trilogy of Saffron adventures are based partly on his own experiences of the RAF - like dangling upside down without a parachute from an aircraft at 6,000 feet, held on only by a thin wire round his ankle; escaping death on a torpedoed convoy; and cheating the grim reaper yet again when an Indian Yogi helped him recover from what should have proved a fatal tropical illness.
After marrying a beautiful South African woman, he went to live in that country for a while. There he decided to research a novel on apartheid which, among other things, involved disguising himself as a black and visiting illegal drinking dens in black townships. A very dangerous practice, as he was to discover, cheating death yet again when his disguise was penetrated. Laws Be Their Enemy was not, of course, welcomed in South Africa and he found himself on the receiving end of anonymous death threats.
His novels are always written about subjects which concern or interest him and consequently their themes are wider ranging. From world-wide problems of war, modern revolution and apartheid to the intimate but no less traumatic problems of juvenile delinquency, sex and marriage, a three part family saga, and a two part romance featuring a woman pioneer flier of the Twenties thrown in for good measure.
Initially intending to be a playwright, he saw one of his plays performed in London, before committing himself to the lonely dedicated hours of writing that brought him recognition and success as a novelist. Like all young writers with a wife and family to support, he turned his hand to many kinds of writing to supplement his income: photo scripts; short stories; magazine serials; travel articles; books to accompany the TV series The Persuaders; and a masterly novel in conjunction with the Rod Steiger film Waterloo.
After completing each book he likes to take off on his travels and recharge his batteries by following his nose. Which inevitably leads to another novel! As it did with The Devil Behind Me, when finding himself caught up in a scary real life murder hunt in Scandinavia gave him a ready-made thriller plot on his return to English sanity.
He is a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain and The Crime Writers Association. Amongst his hobbies he lists conversation, sport (especially tennis and cricket), travel and yoga. Until recently he lectured at various venues up and down the country, giving lectures on novel writing and occasionally talks on the often colourful and bizarre events of his career. He has run courses for WEA; Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick; Scarborough and Southern Writers Conferences; The Earnley Concourse; West Dean College; Burton Manor College; Fen Farm; Missenden Abbey; Caerleon Writers Holiday; and a variety of Forte and Great Western Hotels.
He has also given talks to a wide range of clubs, groups and associations, libraries and hospitals. Among the 43 novels to his credit, his text book mentioned earlier, Write a Successful Novel, written in conjunction with Moe Sherrard-Smith, is always ini high demand;. It was highly recommended by The Writers Guild and the Writers’ Monthly, and Alan Prior, TV playwright and author, gave it the following reference. ‘The best advice on writing I've ever read, as well as the most informative on publishing. Every writer should have a compulsory copy,"
His two latest works were published in this year, in March 2010; One is a novel called The Mysterious Affair, and the other is the 1st part of his autobiography entitled A Youthful Absurdity. His publisher, Emissary Publishing, has published the two works simultaneously because they believe some of the viewpoints and aspects of the novel were derived from his earlier days, which included World War Two.``