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Born and raised in Scotland I ended up studying Medicine but decided that although I loved the subject, the job itself wasn't for me, so moved into videogames instead. I have now worked at one of the largest UK game development and publishing companies for the past fourteen years, moving from QA (testing) into level design.
I was always writing and drawing stories as a child. I wrote a full book aged about eight (it was about giant mutated cockroaches attacking a nuclear power plant; never know, might sell the film rights to Hollywood one day!) and I was always either reading or writing.
Then came videogames and I was designing them, creating characters, environments, stories, and trying to make them with the very early game creation software that existed back then.
Then I just stopped.
University study came first and I pretty much abandoned all forms of reading, writing and art for almost fifteen years.
It's only been the last five or so that I have had the itch to start being creative again. Only in the last two have I begun to think I could write a full novel, and only the last one that I have actually done it.
I released my debut novel POWERLESS in January 2013 and I would love to hear your thoughts on it @_tonycooper, or on my blog or forums at hungryblackbird.com, thanks!