Mike Thomas

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas was born in 1971 in the Welsh town of Caerphilly. His teenage years were spent breakdancing, spraying graffiti around the town’s walls and office blocks and just about staying on the right side of the law, until his early 20s when, inexplicably, he joined the local constabulary and began locking people up for spraying graffiti around the town’s walls and office blocks.

While working as a plod in Wales’ capital city of Cardiff, Thomas continued with his childhood passion: writing. As a freelance he produced articles for local newspapers, various websites and national travel magazines.

After completing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Wales between 2007 and 2009, Thomas published his debut novel, Pocket Notebook, in 2010. His second novel, Ugly Bus, was released by Heinemann in 2014 and is currently in development as a six-part television series with the BBC. Both novels deal with the uglier side of policing.

Thomas left the police in the spring of 2015. He currently lives in the wilds of Portugal with his wife, children and a senile dog which enjoys eating the family furniture.

Interviewed 10 August 2016

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...


Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Battle-scarred cheap laptop that enjoys switching off at whim Hideously disorganised notes
A lamp that doesn’t work so I use it as a paperweight
Winnie the Pooh mug with dregs of cold tea
A pile of receipts I am due to file* for a tax return
Christmas snow globe featuring a jubilant, scarf-wearing penguin
Pine and eucalyptus trees
Red roof tiles below pale blue sky
The Serra da Estrela mountain range

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

A juicy Portuguese bifana: pan-fry two thin slices of pork in mustard, garlic, white wine and oil. Sauté chopped onion in the resulting sauce. Place pork and onions between a buttered crusty roll. Shove in face. Have a nice lie down while you think about ‘important stuff.’

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Charles Bukowski
John Fante
Enid Blyton
Chuck Palahniuk
John Stewart
Tina Fey

Six things you can't live without ...

My family
The music of The World’s Greatest Band™ Depeche Mode
Warm, sunny days
Freedom from the shackles of the police

Five favourite words ...

Er… (in a Beavis and Butthead nasal drone)

Four places you'd run away to ...

Vakarufalhi, Maldives
Finse, Norway
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Anywhere in Wales

Three books you've bought recently ...

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman by Bruce Robinson
The Revenant by Michael Punke

Two things that make you rant ...

Injustice. And cling film.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Porn is not the answer to all the world’s ills.