To create this character I needed to go to a place which wasn’t easy for me as a writer. The creation of this killer began with the working title, ‘getting inside a bad man’s head’ - facing a parent’s worst fear, the thought of something dreadful happening to their child.

The fear of the bad man is one of the central themes in Red Ribbons. A fear recognised worldwide. But even in today’s world where the protection of our children has never been more to the forefront, are we really equipped to recognise this danger?

If the killer was to be believable, it was necessary to avoid creating a stereotypical evil being, or to give him qualities which might act as indicators to his darkness. There could be no devilish horns, but rather a recognition that the face of evil is often shrouded in the very ordinariness of the killer.

To this end, the killer drifts easily amongst others within the fictional pages of this book. He appears charming, non-offensive, and at times might even be considered harmless. He will certainly appear to the reader as psychopathic, but to others, not obviously so, and most importantly, he will seem perfectly sane and reasonable to himself.

"The bad man is everywhere. Can you see him?"