A CARLISLE author is hoping fans of hit TV drama The Bay will enjoy his new series of thrillers.

The Bay is an ITV crime drama set in Morecambe, deriving its name from Morecambe Bay. The show first aired in 2019, while a second series was released last month.

The programme was the inspiration behind Paul Teague’s Morecambe Bay series and the Cumbrian author has recently released the second trilogy in the series.

His heroine, Charlotte Grayson, must face great danger to save her friend, the woman to whom she owes her life.

According to Paul, the three books – Trust Me Once, Fall from Grace and Bound by Blood – are packed full of the fiendish twists, turns and suspense his fans have come to love.

Paul knows Morecambe well, having spent time there a student and working at the former Pontins Holiday Camp near Heysham, where the first of his thrillers begins.

Paul said: “I was inspired by seeing the first series of The Bay on TV.

“If you love The Bay there’s a good chance you will love these books.

“I love British seaside towns. When I was a student in Lancaster, we would pile into our banger cars and go to Morecambe.

“I went to a disco on the pier and you could see the water through the floorboards. I did a lot of my courting in Morecambe tea shops.

“In summer we would go to the Radio One Road Show and save up vouchers to go to Frontierland. Morecambe is a shadow of its former self, but it still has that charm and potential.

“The Bay brought back all these memories of Morecambe and I got the idea for a book from that. I know Morecambe and Lancaster really well and I love psychological thrillers.

“It’s all about terrifying things happening to ordinary people.”

Paul is well-known across Cumbria after spending ten years at BBC Radio Cumbria as a radio journalist.

His books reflect that – the Morecambe Bay thrillers are set in the world of journalism.

He added: “That’s the world I know. I used to present on BBC radio and talk to heads of police forces and other decision makers.

“My books are about the high-ups, the powerful people doing nasty things to normal people.”

Paul now writes full time, self publishes, and sold 100,000 e-books and equivalent on Amazon alone last year, including sci-fi and non-fiction – and his fast-paced thrillers.