Hi! Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. For those of you who are interested, here’s a little bit about me:
I was born in Essex, England in 1966. My mother was a teacher and my father a lawyer. Mum was also an English graduate and Dad a frustrated author so when I showed an early interest in writing stories both were quick to encourage me. Having recently discovered some of my earliest works I can only assume this was a decision both quickly came to regret!
When I was nine I went to boarding school, ultimately spending seven years there. Though my school was nothing like the hellhole described in “The Wishing Game” it wasn’t an experience I particularly enjoyed. That said, it did teach me many valuable life lessons: how to get along with even the most difficult of people, how to eat even the most unappetising of foods and that cursus honorum is Latin for “ladder of promotion”. It also managed to transform a dedicated non athlete into an enthusiastic sportsman with a particular enjoyment of hockey, tennis and athletics.
At fifteen, after O levels, I went to live in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and completed my schooling there. It was wonderful to be back at a day school again and to have a social life outside school grounds. Guernsey is a beautiful island with lovely people and it was a wonderful place to spend a couple of years.
After school, and a year out spent doing a variety of jobs and some travelling, I went to LeicesterUniversity to do a law degree. This was something my father encouraged and I’m glad he did. One thing you learn as a lawyer is the importance of structure; a training I’ve found invaluable when constructing my books. Leicester was a great place and I had a very happy three years there, making many friends to whom I’m still close today.
Having graduated I spent a year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studying for a Masters. Vancouver must rank as one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen and I’ll always treasure my time there. Funnily enough though, the most important thing I learned there was how important my home country is to me. I missed England much more than I expected. I guess our country of upbringing shapes us more than we realise and that you have to leave it for a time to truly appreciate that.
After that it was time to start work. Ten years in total spent in London law firms, specialising in European and Commercial law. The City has an amazing energy but you really have to put the hours in. There was a joke doing the rounds shortly before I left the profession: “What do lawyers do in their leisure time?” “They commute.” Too true! Though I often enjoyed the work and the people I worked with were great, I didn’t seem to get the same buzz from it that many of my colleagues did and I knew that this wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
So I kept on writing, in whatever spare time I could find. Having already completed two novels that met with universal rejection – and mercifully so in retrospect! – it was third time lucky with The Wishing Game and the day I landed my first publishing deal will always rank as one of the most exciting of my life.
Now I’m a full time writer and very much enjoying it. Though I miss the day to day interaction with my legal colleagues there’s nothing like the high of writing something that you think is working, that moves you and just might hopefully move others.
And that’s about it. I now live in West London which I highly recommend, and edging ever closer to fifty which I certainly don’t!
Thanks for reading thus far. I hope that reading my books gives you as much pleasure as the writing of them gives me.