Award gets Steven in a merry mood

Author Steven Robinson, whose debut novel 'Merry Baker' was shortlisted for an e-book prize.
Author Steven Robinson, whose debut novel 'Merry Baker' was shortlisted for an e-book prize.

AN AUTHOR has had his debut novel shortlisted for a £10,000 prize.

Morecambe-born Steven Robinson wrote Merry Baker, a cybercrime thriller, on the train during his daily commute to Canary Wharf.

And the novel – which revolves around a sophisticated computer hack built to steal millions of pounds from online bank accounts – has been nominated for the £10,000 Kidwelly eBook Award, and the winner will be announced later this month.

Steven, 46, said: “I love writing, and I’d wanted to write a book for years. I had the title of Merry Baker and the main character in my head long before I started to write it.

“I chose the subject of cybercrime because it is a topic I really understand, and therefore I was able to draw on my own knowledge.

“I wrote the book on my daily train journeys to Lehman Brothers at Canary Wharf, where I headed up their European IT Security Department, right up until their collapse.

“My family have been really supportive and were very excited when I published the book on Kindle.

“The shortlisting for the prize came as a fantastic surprise, as I only entered the competition because Lisa, my wife, convinced me.

“I feel very lucky.”

Steven attended Skerton School, and worked for several years at Souplex on the Northgate Industrial Estate.

In 1990, he moved to London to study computer science.

He now lives in Chelmsford, Essex, with wife Lisa and their three daughters.