John Benacre
John Benacre was born in the suburbs of London and raised in Kent. He served for thirty-five years in the British Army, most of which were spent on counter-terrorist duties. He has lived in seven different countries, including West Berlin in the 1970s, and he has visited more than forty others on six continents. Much of his writing is based on such travels, and on the times, places, people and experiences he collected along the way. He is married to Pauline, an American, and has three adult children.
   
Military Service
 
John joined the British Army in 1974 and retired in 2010. During that time he served in every rank from Private soldier in the Parachute Regiment to Lieutenant Colonel in the Intelligence Corps. He earned a number of Honours and Awards, including the MBE, a QGM, an Australian award and the QCVS twice. His last deployed tour of duty was in Afghanistan in 2009.
 
Writing Style
 
For thirty-five years John’s writing was constrained by the nature of his reports and the principles of service writing: Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity. But now he is able to close his eyes, picture a scene worthy of description, and write once more for pleasure. In his own words, he is keen to, “paint a vivid picture, create a sense of time, place and texture, and then craft strong and believable characters to tell their story.”
     Of his subtle yet sometimes candid treatment of sex, he says that in any testosterone-charged arena of human activity - such as armed conflict, in politics, commerce, in sport or in crime - sex often proves the Achilles Heel of many otherwise powerful men and women. "Sexuality is a weapon carried by all adults and without a permit. Hence the damage it can do."

Inspirations
 
John is inspired by people. People of integrity; people with talent and skills; modest people, with courage and who try to make a difference. And by good over evil, a beautifully-turned phrase, music and nature.

Hobbies and Interests
 
These days John writes, hikes, jogs and swims, and he enjoys music, reading and film. His main interests though surround his wife, family
and friends. In the past he has tried most sports, but his twin passions were rugby union, which he played for over thirty years, and athletics
(he was the Kent Junior 100m Champion). He is a freefall parachutist
and a PADI-qualified Rescue Diver. And he likes a drink now and then.
 
John Benacre - 1959