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I grew up in London, spending a childhood largely immersed in books and my own world of make-believe, fuelled by a kaleidoscope of literary and historical obsessions. This has mostly set the pattern for my life so far, and inspired me to spend years studying Greco-Roman society, gaining an MA and a PhD in the process.
Now I live by the sea with my partner and a black cat called Achilles.
I write both fantasy and historical fiction. Often my stories have a gay romance theme.
Most of my historical fiction is set in the ancient Graeco-Roman period, which I studied for many years and which remains a passion with me (reading Suetonius can have a terribly corrupting effect on a young mind...).
I aim to offer an alternative, more internalised window on Graeco-Roman society, the emotional and cultural lives of courtesans and poets rather than the deeds of gladiators and victorious generals. An elegiac rather than epic perspective.
I also like to explore that period’s differing attitudes to sex and gender and imagine how individuals may have responded to the mores of their time, whether consciously defying them or finding some kind of liveable compromise.
My fantasy fiction includes both urban vampire stories set in contemporary London and fantasy set in the ancient and decaying civilisation of Laurentium.