I grew up in Sheffield in the UK surrounded by a wonderful mix of heavy industry and beautiful scenery. After finishing my 'A' levels in 1976 I went "walkabout" where I mixed 3 years of foreign travel with over 14 "horrible" temporary jobs deliberately chosen to give me a rounded experience in life. I returned back to the UK and went to study in London. From there I lived in Islington and Maidenhead for 8 years and Birmingham for 9. Then I went to see my sister in Chester for a new year's eve party over 2 decades ago and stayed there ever since. I have two young sons, Tom and James.
I first began writing at an early age where a comprehensive school backdrop provided an interesting blend of playing football, avoiding fights and writing poetry. In 1998 I studied creative writing at Liverpool University and went on to run a writing group after that. When one of its members complained that he couldn't get his stage play produced, I formed Too Write Productions over a pint of lager and my vertical learning curve in the tortuous world of theatre production began. Seven plays and several books later, I continue to write original, story-based works with imagination at their heart.
Outside writing I also enjoy most sports including karate and I'm a qualified pilot. I also very much like my "Busa" - the monster GSX 1300R Suzuki Hayabusa.
One of the scariest moments in life: Getting lost in Manchester controlled airspace for over an hour in bad weather when the nav went west in the plane I was flying.
One of the happiest moments in life: (apart from seeing my sons being born): landing the same plane safely again.