I was born in Shrewsbury, England in 1970 and grew up with my older brother in a house filled with books and stories. Both our parents read to us every night before bed time and encouraged us to dip our imaginations into the works of C.S. Lewis, Alan Garner and J.R.R. Tolkien. My passion for worlds beyond ours grew and grew as I approached my teenage years, and I started to dabble with my own writing. Creating short stories influenced by writers such as James Herbert and Stephen King. I even set out on the journey of writing a novel, which was left unfinished as I pushed on with life.
I studied English Language and Literature at Salford University in the early 1990’s and was mesmerised by the diversity of narrative form from writers such as Kafka, James Joyce and Angela Carter, as well as the raw, vivid poetry of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. My passion for writing had multiplied. I too wanted to make others feel and think like these writers did. After starting a family and a new career in Manchester, I started to think about writing again. But life took over and instead I enjoyed introducing my daughter, Olivia, to the wonders of Tolkien and Philip Pullman.
A couple of years ago the novel I had tried to write earlier came back into my imagination. The focus had shifted from a horror theme to Crime and I started to revise the concept further. I devoured books on the subject of writing: story structure, plot elements, point of view, character arcs, suspense and mystery. I read books detailing the elements of thrillers and how to write them. You will find articles on some of these books elsewhere on my site.
I signed up for a novel writing course with The London School of Journalism, and was very fortunate to have an excellent tutor, Margaret James, whose constructive criticism and praise for my work was both helpful and extremely encouraging. She assured me that my idea was a good one and that my writing was good enough to be published one day.
I live in Lincolnshire with my wife, Alison, our cat Nala and our two goldfish. I’m still working on my debut novel, and have quit my busy, stressful day job as an accountant to concentrate full time on my writing. The Head Factory, is due for completion by early 2018.