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Paul Anthony is an experienced author skilled in fiction, editing, feature writing, character creation, and creative writing. A strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics and Social Sciences, he is also the holder of a Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Office Management. The son of a soldier, Paul joined the police cadets at the age of 16. As part of his training, he mined the pit face at Haigh Colliery in Whitehaven and then worked at a biscuit factory, in Carlisle, as a machine operator. He also worked with deaf people and was trained in the treatment of drug addicts and alcoholics. He went to Eskdale Outward Bound School and joined Cumbria Police as a Constable at the age of 19.

As a senior detective, he served in Cumbria CID and the Regional Crime Squad in Manchester. He is also a former Head of Special Branch, (Counter Terrorist Command) and has served with other national agencies in the UK and elsewhere. A former winner of the Independent Authors Network Featured Author Contest, Paul was also a Featured Author at the ‘Books without Borders’ event in Yonkers, New York, in 2012. In earlier years he was a Featured Author at the Frankfurt Book Fair, in Germany. His books are available globally from all Amazon stores in both paperback and Kindle.

He began writing his first book twenty-nine years ago and built his readership by writing weekly articles and short stories for the Writer’s Collection, Article.com, the Writer’s World, music websites, and various online magazines stretching from Australia to Canada via Europe and the UK.  Eventually, he was published by a vanity publisher in the UK. Two years later, he accepted a commission from a renowned traditional publisher and sharpened his pen. With time and experience, he describes himself as an independent publisher and author responsible for every facet of his ‘book business’, including the conversion of his backlist on these pages. His novel ‘The Fragile Peace’ was selected as the first audiobook in the audio library of Dyslexia Foundation UK.

In autumn 2023, Paul Anthony celebrated the publication of his twenty-ninth novel in twenty-seven years of writing as a published author. These books include an autobiography, anthologies, a non-fiction account of the Scougal family name from the time of the Votadini tribe and the Roman occupation, a fictional story about the Roman invasion of Cumbria and Scotland, a collection of poetry, and more than a score of crime fiction thrillers. He has also written television scripts, film scripts, screenplays, and storylines for production companies stretching from America to Amsterdam via Italy and elsewhere. He writes from his experience of life as a detective in various guises. Some of his books are based on ‘true accounts’. Other work is inspired by many years of experience as an investigator of serious and serial crime. Paul Anthony is best known for his crime thrillers which feature 1) Boyd – a detective from Cumbria who is seconded to the nation’s Special Crime Unit and 2) Davies King – a detective from Crillsea, on the south coast. Boyd and King are completely different characters but both sequences are ‘stand-alone’ tales which are well-presented accounts of serious and serial crime, true crime, murder-mystery, terrorism, and espionage that have reached bestseller status in Amazon’s store. In addition, several suspense thrillers are also available for readers. All his books are available globally from the Amazon store and are formatted in both Kindle and paperback.

Paul also reveals himself to be an established film extra and once spent over three months working on the film set of 71, starring Jack O’Connell and directed by Yann Demange. He has appeared as an extra in over a dozen films.

He has also helped over 50 first-time authors from around the globe by editing their books and helping them to publish their work. Whilst compiling several anthologies, he has worked with over a score of writers from the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, and Europe to promote the work of many whilst simultaneously raising money for various charities.

In September 2023 he published USHANKA. A ‘Boyd’ detective thriller, the story centers around who is to be killed by an assassin visiting the UK from Russia to carry out a specific murder. A secret network of supporters is at play and the target is a mystery to the authorities. The powerful have to make decisions and arguments ensue as a catalogue of fraud, torture, and murder follow. Spies, police, and crooks combine to produce a blistering finish. The book catapulted into the top ten in the Amazon store during the first few weeks of publication.

In February 2023 his earlier book QUEST was reviewed as follows: Paul Anthony delivers a remarkable tale of mystery and suspense. Prepare to jump into Sam’s mind on page one and experience the highs and lows of his precarious lifestyle to the last page. The author has the unique ability to feed an exceptional storyline with several threads before weaving them together to present a tremendous ending. It’s a crescendo of action then, just when you think it’s all over, the writer generates a thought-provoking high-octane finish that makes you wonder if you have been reading fiction or fact. A powerful story written in an easy-read style that the author has truly mastered.

In Spring, 2022, he published his popular novel THE JOURNEY which was reviewed before publication as follows: One of the most powerful and emotive pieces of fiction I have read in a long time. It’s a mystery, that’s for sure. But so realistic, it could even be true. All the way to the end. The author is at his best in this one. Long-awaited but pure perfection. Loved it.

Published in April 2021, as promised, the latest Davies King novel HARBOUR LIGHTS is proving a successful read amongst regular followers.  Come and join the Murder Squad to experience a complex murder investigation that moves from the local to the international as the pages turn.

His recent suspense thriller SAPPHIRE is also proving popular with regular readers and was recently reviewed as follows: A fresh and captivating book that leaves other crime novels in the dust. A story inside a story. It’s a crime novels lover’s dream book. One of the best crime novels in our opinion that should be made into a crime fiction movie! A great modern detective novel and so much more. (Claire Bernard, The Author’s Leak, The Wordicle)  https://www.thewordicle.com/for-crime-novels-mystery-action-lovers-in-sapphire)

He is also the administrator of a Facebook group known as Kindle Thrillers (https://www.facebook.com/groups/KindleThrillersUK)

There are twenty-nine books for sale worldwide. Ten Kindles are priced at 99p and include three full-length crime thrillers. The others are variously priced up to a maximum of £3.85, Paperbacks begin at £5 and carry a maximum price of up to £9.99 per book. Enjoy.

Proceeds from the sale of his books are donated to the following fundraising page in memory of his late wife and in support of OVARIAN CANCER ACTION (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barrie-mark1?) A registered research charity supported by Paul Anthony

Paul Anthony is the pseudonym of Anthony Paul Scougal (Tony) who was born in Southport, Lancashire He currently resides in Carlisle, Cumbria. Read more about the author at  https://paulanthonys.blogspot.com/2021/04/paul-anthonys-bestsellers.html.

His website is located at https://paul-anthony.org/

His Amazon page is located at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Anthony/e/B001KDTZU2?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1665066274&sr=8-2