I was born in Nottingham and raised in South Africa, before resettling in the south of England in my twenties. After a glass of wine, my accent begins to flip back and forth between Home Counties and northern suburbs Johannesburg. It’s hilarious, apparently.
I now realise I’ve referred to wine twice in the first two paragraphs. That tells you most of what you need to know.
In the early years I sampled a variety of jobs from bit part actor to software manual proofreader before spending most of my thirties writing and editing content for digital media.
I’ve been passionate about storytelling in all its forms for as long as I can remember, and wrote my first story aged six. Many years later – with a fractionally better grasp of punctuation – I wrote my first screenplay. It was a James Bond spoof which predated Mike Myers’ Austin Powers by several years. I’m still sore about that.
I think novelists can learn a great deal from film and TV, especially about structure and dialogue; I use screenwriting techniques throughout the planning and writing of my stories.
When I’m not writing or reading I’m often running or daydreaming. Mountains and motorsport are my other passions; my heart belongs in the Scottish Highlands and I’m a big enough F1 fan that I wrote a novel about it.
I live in Hampshire with my wife and daughter, and an ever-fluctuating store of wine.