Who am I?
I love books. I love reading thrillers, sci-fi and military history. And I love reading children’s book to my daughter. I spent most of my career as an economist in the city. Then a few years ago, I thought of a story and it wouldn’t let go. So I plotted and researched and tinkered. By then the idea of writing a novel had sunk it claws in and there was no letting go.
Finally I started to write. I attended the Faber Academy Course in 2014. Then I re-wrote that awful first draft. And re-edited. My debut novel, Blue Gold, came out in May 2017 thanks to the wonderful Matthew Smith at Urbane Publications. Its sequel, Rose Gold, is due for release in May 2018 and I am working on the final part of the trilogy as we speak.
You can find out more about me from this interview published on the Speculative Fiction Showcase here.
Radio Berkshire asked me to join Bill Buckley’s monthly Radio Reads show, discussing and recommending books at 2pm on the first Tuesday of every month along with fellow author Claire Dyer. You can hear the latest show by clicking on the Radio Reads tab above.
What I care about
I care about the environment. I care about the future of this planet and trying to look after it for my daughter and, one day, for her children. I’ve spent my professional career trying to predict the future and I hope that I’m wrong about Blue Gold and W3. It’s a warning, as well as an exciting setting for a spy adventure.
I care about charities who help to provide fresh, clean water to the poorest people in this world, such as Water Aid. Wildlife charities get my support too.
I care about supporting local bookstores and libraries. I attend a monthly fantasy and sci-fi reading group at Waterstones Windsor and go to Vanguard readings in South London to hear from authors and poets while enjoying a drink or two.
And I care about keeping fit, enjoying lots of sports, especially tennis, golf and surfing. I manage a Fantasy Football league at work and have been known to win the league a few times, much to everyone’s annoyance. Not much chance this year judging from my hopeless start to the season. Due to some early years’ brainwashing, I remain a keen fan of the Rams.