Who am I?
I love books! I love reading thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy and military history. And I love reading children’s book, to my daughter when she was the right age, but increasingly for my own pleasure. 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 two sequels, Rose Gold and White Gold, came out in 2018-19, forming the Gaia trilogy. The trilogy was re-released in late 2021 through Bloodhound Books.
I joined The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in 2018 when my interests turned towards a younger audience and I won the July 2020 Slush-pile challenge. See details here. I have been working on numerous stories in the past three years. Pax & The Missing Head, published through Tiny Tree, was released in October 2023. This is the start of a new trilogy, with the sequel appearing October 2024 and the final part in 2025.
I give talks to inspire a love of reading and writing stories, about my publication journey and on water shortages in the context of climate change. I run workshops on specific aspects of writing. I have given talks in schools, libraries, U3A groups and even to the MSc students at Imperial College, London. A list of fees and testimonials is available on request. Do reach out if you would like to discuss any specific requirements.
I live in Berkshire with his wife and daughter. When I’m not writing or reading stories, I love to play tennis and golf, watch films or play board games. A small part of my collection of games is shown below.