I left school at 17, joined the Royal Navy, and made my first attempts at writing fiction during long deployments in warships. Fortunately none of those 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.

My second novel Draca was released into the retail winter of Covid lockdowns, but was gratifyingly well received. My third novel, the first in a historical fantasy series, is complete and on submission by my agent. Three more books in the series, provisionally titled Rune Song, are planned or in progress. I live in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, England, and write in a very comfortable cabin at the bottom of the garden. It has no internet, no telephone, and is the most productive place I know. I now write full time, and when not crafting words I am an enthusiastic amateur equestrian and a very bad pianist.

The writing cabin

The writing cabin

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