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Born in Birmingham, UK, to a teacher and a salesman, I studied Electronics and Computer Science before leaving for Austria, Congo and Nigeria to work in the oil industry. Some years later, armed with an MBA and several languages, I changed direction to take a job as an international development manager for a plastic company in Spain, Hungary, Argentina and Brazil, where the company went bust and I ended up stranded.
But it was by choice, and I'm still here eighteen years later, with a wife and child!
I tried my hand at running a gym, phone sales, the stock market and voluntary work, and even became a trainer in Neurolinguistic Programming. But I couldn't shake a nagging desire to write.
So I did.
I wrote and traditionally published three books in Portuguese (Ferramentas Mentais para Traders, Jeito Brasileiro and Soltando o Magro) before discovering self-publishing and writing two novels, Second Coming (historical/adventure fiction) and Tup (fiction, but based on real life and experience in Brazil).
My young son seems to be following in my footsteps. He's already written and illustrated two short stories and distributed them to his school friends with, arguably, more success and a larger readership than his father!