About Me

ANDY PORTO 142My true crime adventure depicted in ‘Paying for the Past’ has been life changing – the aftermath taking a decade to go through the courts. A diary I kept at the time inspired me to write the book.

My writing background includes a creative writing course with The London School of Journalism and research articles published in peer reviewed journals. Apart from my true crime story ‘Paying for the Past’ I have completed two novels, ‘The Sand Hide’ and ‘Cold Friends’.

When I’m not writing, I work as an osteopath and live in the beautiful village of Steyning in Sussex with my wife Carol, a retired acupuncturist and now a sculptor. We have two children each from our first marriages, and five grandchildren. Carol and I have walked some of the greatest treks in the world including, The Inca Trail in Peru, the Amazon basin, The Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China.

untitled1I was born in Bridgend, South Wales, in 1941, one of six children. We lived in an prefab at the foot of a Welsh hillside before moving to a council estate in London when I was seven. I left school at fourteen and took more than a dozen jobsincluding cinema projectionist and photographer’s assistant, before establishing a building and shop-fitting company. One of my most exciting jobs was motor racing promotions manager for the infamous Southern Organs Company. I went on to complete my secondary education at forty.

WhiskeyagogoI grew up with folk music, skiffle, the Beatles and Rock and Roll. The Dices Skiffle Group, my first band, was formed around 1956. I also sang as, Jeff Prince, with various groups doing Saturday morning pop concerts and talent shows at venues in London, including, the Shepherds Bush Empire and Chiswick Empire. We recorded a demo disc – 78rpm – at John Hassel Studios in London before I joined pop group, Peter and the Wolves, in 1962.

I love to paint, walk, travel, write and enjoy film, reading, art and eating out.