I left school at 17 and joined the Royal Navy. I made my first attempts at writing fiction during long deployments in warships, though fortunately none of these efforts survive. The RN sponsored me to read Geography at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, an opportunity for which I will always be grateful. If my writing has a sense of place then it was born there, at the feet of some inspirational tutors.
After nearly 11 years in uniform I left to start a career in marketing and, later, general management. This too proved incompatible with writing. I find I have to inhabit the world I am trying to create, if I am to make it real to readers. Large corporations, alas, pay their employees to be grounded in the reality. A blistering row with one Chief Executive (though not about writing) gave me the chance to change both lifestyle and career path; I became a freelance consultant and wrote in the gaps between assignments. It was another four years before my writing progressed to the point where I was accepted by an agent (the incomparable Ian Drury at Sheil Land) and a further two before my first novel, Saxon’s Bane, appeared in print. It reached #1 in Amazon Kindle’s ‘Ghost’ category.
I now write full time. Draca is my second published novel; a third is complete and with my agent, while a fourth is in progress. I live in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, England, and write in a very comfortable cabin at the bottom of the garden. When not crafting words I am an enthusiastic amateur equestrian and a very bad pianist.