Franz Kafka Prize, European Union Prize for Literature, Goethe Prize, The Hans Christian Anderson Award, …… these are just a few of the awards I'm never likely to win……. But I’m still doing something I love thanks to ebooks and ultimately that’s all that counts.
Born Camberwell London UK 1959 (OMG!!)
Grew up in Mitcham, Tooting and Clapham in London.
Have been writing as a hobby since Primary school. English was about the only thing I ever excelled at and writing for me was always on the cards even if I was generally too lazy to sit down and do it. If the lesson wasn't English I generally gazed out of the nearest window and thought about the universe. I only recently started making a real effort to write in the last five years or so as the mindless grip of the book agent is finally at an end and we all have a second chance.
My other serious Hobby is Photography.
Enjoy writing for the younger Teen Market as I still tend to think like a fourteen year old. Shame I haven’t got the legs to go with the outlook anymore, but it comes to us all. Also have a strong interest in the paranormal, especially out of body experiences. I have been plagued by them since my childhood and am in the process of putting the finishing touches to my new book, A simple Guide to the Out of Body Experience.
If I had the guts I’d like to be a stand up comic.
One of the worst sins in life is to take yourself too seriously.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent the first ten years of my life growing up in a little terraced house in Mitcham, Surrey, England. I had a really mean Father, it wasn't his fault really. He always insisted it was because of his own dirt poor upbringing. My Mother was Scottish and had a real temper on her and the pair of them were always at war. So you could say it wasn't an easy childhood, but kids back then and now have had far worse.
When did you first start writing?
Primary school. I only loved the English lesson, for the rest of the week I would stare out of the window and think about the universe.
Learning the technique necessary to induce an Out of Body Experience or OOBE is not difficult. The phenomenon is as natural as singing and dancing and is nothing more than a mental Knack that can be learnt by just about anyone willing to spend a few weeks manoeuvring themselves into the kind of mental state required to make it happen.
Ben Hardacre is sixteen and enjoys a privileged existence until his family are forced to relocate to a poor part of the country after his Father becomes obsessed with developing a radical stealth sub boat he hopes to sell to the Navy.
Four cats are locked and abandoned in a small London apartment, left to die by their uncaring owners. Without food and water, things look bleak until one of them remembers a kind old lady she lived with as a kitten many years earlier. Assuming she's still alive, the ageing felines face a fifty mile journey to salvation and what they all realise is their last hope.
After six weeks in Hospital following a road accident, Charlotte Pearce is looking forward to a relaxing recovery. But things have changed dramatically in her time away and due to a family crisis she is forced to go stay with a distant Aunt in a crumbling old house in the country. Her hope of a long rest is dashed when she is plunged into a crisis that could cost her everything.
An appalling run of bad luck culminates in Cathy Matthews being knocked off her bike by a hit and run driver. Tracking down the culprit is surprisingly easy, but preventing herself falling in love with him when she does, proves a lot tougher.