I was born in Oxford in 1971 and now live in Witney. I have two children aged 8 and 14 for whom I have written numerous books and stories, some of which will, in due course, find their way onto this website. As well as being a writer, I am also an artist and in 2008 completed an MA in Contemporary Arts at Oxford Brookes University – a period I remember as being one of the most creatively inspiring of my life.
I have always had a passion for history and some of my earliest memories are of visits to Corfe Castle whilst on holiday with my family, memories of which feature in my debut novel Brief Castles. Time, the past and memory are themes which often shape my work, not only in terms of my writing but also my art.
Growing up, I was a keen reader/player of the Fighting Fantasy role-play books which did much to shape my imagination. I loved to create new worlds and, as a child, one of my favourite pastimes was to sit with a large sheet of paper and draw a map of some imagined place. That sense of magic is as strong now as it was then; the idea that from nothing, one can, in a short space of time, bring into existence a whole new world is something I am keen to pass on to my children.
As well as writing and working on my art, I also like to write and record music which I do in my small home studio.
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