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Biography

I'm the author of the Aona dark fantasy series, of which four books have been published so far- Oblivion's Forge, Secret Roads, The Endless Shore and The Spiral Heart. The fifth book, Salvation's Door, is due out either late 2015 or early 2016. It all depends on how disciplined I am- but I'm getting better at that.

I've also written a sci-fi / fantasy / supernatural book, Summer's Dark Waters aimed at younger readers. It's always difficult to give a minimum / maximum age as I believe kids should be allowed to read to the best of their abilities and really stretch their skills, but roughly 10+. A sequel is being written and should be out late in 2015.

All the royalties from sales of Summer's Dark Waters go towards TACT (tactcare.org.uk), an adoption and fostering charity. So for about £2 / $3 you get to help a good cause and you get a fully illustrated book which has already gathered some nice reviews.

People sometimes ask me why I write books. I suppose I feel like I've always been a writer, but there are authors I've read (mostly when I was a kid) who deeply influenced me to the degree that I didn't really want to be anything else. In the end this worked out just as well, because I never really had much of a gift for anything academic as such- and although I did try to have a career at one point, I quickly realised it wasn't for me. Maybe I just hated commuting and office politics even more than other people?

I'm not sure which of my influences show through most in my books, but the author who made me decide to become a fantasy writer was Alan Garner, so he was certainly the most profoundly influential writer during my childhood. Others (at various stages) have included Clive Barker, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Tad Williams, C.J Cherryh and Ian Irvine.

In terms of how it captured my imagination and changed the course of my life, still has to be Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel The Moon of Gomrath.

The response from readers has encouraged me to keep going, and to increase my rate of output. There's nothing like a rave review or even just an encouraging comment to help me kick on and get moving on whatever my current project happens to be. It's fair to say it's the comments, reviews and encouragement from fans that has helped me keep going more than anything else.

Latest Blog

The Inner World
Mar 12, 2017

As progress continues on my new standalone novel (which, in stark contrast to the Aona series, features a cast of just three main characters) I've found that the situation in the wider world and humanity's endless, determined race to the bottom have meant I've concentrated more than ever on my inner world.

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Freebies

New freebie coming soon, from the forthcoming short story compilation. Watch this space! Not all the time though, as that would be boring.