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 Born in West London, Dave Sivers left school at 16 to start a successful Civil Service career, which took him to such far-flung places as Newport, Rhode Island, Northern Norway and Sutton Coldfield. He has moonlighted as a bookmaker's clerk, a nightclub bouncer and a freelance writer and also gained a First Class Honours degree from the Open University.  Since taking early retirement, he divides his time between writing and a number of public service roles.

Dave has been writing ever since he knew how to hold a pen. He started and ran a school newspaper at primary school and wrote features and stories for his grammar school’s magazine. His first piece of published work was a letter in The Economist.

He has gone on to obtain writing success with magazine fiction (writing for women’s magazines as Melanie Blake), short story competitions, and freelance journalism. He has written articles for a wide range of publications, including a series on True Crime in Buckinghamshire for The Four Shires magazine, and he has regular columns in two newspapers, The Bucks Herald and The Leighton Buzzard Observer. He has won competition prizes and was shortlisted for a Writers’ News short story competition.

Dave has written extensively for the stage, including successful collaborations on two comedy plays - Recipe for Disasterand Dancing on the Forecourt - and has worked with a partner on TV game show formats and sketch material, selling material at home and abroad.  He co-wrote the pilot for a sitcom, Mann's World, which progressed to the latter stages of BBC's Fresh Talent Competition.  He also runs creative writing workshops and courses.
Dave also writes more mainstream crime fiction, including the short stories regularly published on this website and  His first contemporary crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul, was published in May 2013, and the sequel, Dead in Deep Water, followed in July 2014.  Both have featured in Amazon Kindle Charts, reaching the top three in 'serial killers'. The latest in the series is The Blood That Binds.

Dave's other work incudes 'crime fantasy'. A Sorcerer Slain, featuring the Personal Inquisitor Lowmar Dashiel, was p
ublished as an e-Book in August 2011, and a sequel, Inquisitor Royal, followed in 2012. The Amazon Kindle top 20 crime collection, Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories, was published in the same year.

Dave moved to Hemel Hempstead when he married his wife, Chris, and the couple now live in a small village in Buckinghamshire where they are involved in a number of local activities. Dave is a former school governor, an occasional campaigner on local issues, and has been Master of Ceremonies at village fetes. He is a founder of the BeaconLit literary festival that takes place annually in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire.

His other interests include travel, watching his beloved football team, Queen’s Park Rangers, working his allotment, playing guitar, local theatre (including writing the script and songs for, and directing 'Mary! A Nativity Musical'), listening to music, cinema, theatre and walking in the Chilterns.

Dave is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.




Weekly Columns:

The Bucks Herald

The Leighton Buzzard Observer


The Four Shires (True Crime in Buckinghamshire series)

Buckinghamshire Countryside

Buckinghamshire Limited Edition

Defence Management Journal

Writers' News
The Chiltern Writer



Archer and Baines Novels:

The Scars Beneath the Soul

Dead in Deep

Evil Unseen

The Blood That Binds

The Lowmar Dashiel Mysteries (Kindle eBook only):

A Sorcerer Slain

Inquisitor Royal

Collection (Kindle eBook only):

Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories


Short Stories

Take a Break magazine

Chiltern Writers Group Open Competition (Local Prizewinner)

Writers News ‘Mistaken Identity’ Competition (Shortlisted)

Chiltern Writers 20th Anniversary Anthology

'A Glass of Wine' Competition (Judge:  Hilary Johnson) (Runner Up)

'Envy, with Pink' Competition (Judge: Carole Matthews) (First Prize)

'Wooden Shutters' Competition (Judge: Tessa Harris) (First Prize)

Chiltern Writers 'Ghost Story' Competition (First Prize)


TV Material

Jaques Vermier Show*

The Block on the Dock*

Mann's World (sitcom pilot - reached latter stages of BBC Fresh Talent competition)*


Stage Material

Plays - Recipe for Disaster* and Dancing on the Forecourt* 

Mary! A Nativity Musical*

Countless short plays and sketches for amateur groups


* indicates co-writing ventures

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