Don may be the baby of the McDermott family, but don’t get the wrong idea . . . he stands an impressive six feet six inches tall and has a personality to match. If he hadn’t decided writing and sports commentary were the loves of his life, he might have wound up doing stand-up comedy instead, and regularly keeps his family and friends in stitches with his witty one-liners, perfect timing and spot-on imitations. He also could have gone the music route, as he has a gorgeous baritone voice (much in demand by local operatic societies) and a great talent at the keyboard–the piano keyboard, that is. When he isn’t watching cricket or nattering on local radio, you might find him at his Yamaha grand piano, playing a classic Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin tune, crooning along to his own playing.
A bit more about Don . . .
Writing Style: humorous mystery and adventure
Other Lives: commentator/presenter for Wycombe Sound radio, sports journalist
Education: currently studying towards a Sport Journalism degree at University of East London
Favourite Books: Mike and Psmith, The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of Cabin Island, Leave It to Psmith (yes, he really likes Psmith)
Favourite Authors: P. G. Wodehouse (obviously), Leslie McFarlane (the main ghostwriter of the Hardy Boys series), James Cody Ferris (or whoever the ghostwriters who wrote under this name were–Edward Stratemeyer didn’t let many of his ghostwriters’ names get out)
Most Influential Authors: P. G. Wodehouse (you were expecting that, weren’t you?), Franklin W. Dixon (that was the pseudonym Leslie McFarlane and his fellow Hardy Boys authors wrote under), Arthur Ransome
Favourite Film: Walk, Don’t Run (Cary Grant’s final film, and proof that great men, like wine, improve with age)