I was born in Staffordshire, England and worked as a zoo keeper specialising in the care of wild cats, birds of prey and reptiles. I now live in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia and write multi-genre fiction in which 'ordinary people deal with the extraordinary'.
I am also working on an account of my three decades as a zoo keeper in both England and Australia, which is to be entitled 'Whose Zoo?'.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the English West Midlands and the place and period have certainly shaped the setting and attitudes of a number of my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I made my first attempts at writing fiction when I was fifteen years old. I had gathered a great deal of information about the American 'Old West' and decided to put it to use by writing a Western novel. It was never finished, but the process revealed to me the joys of writing fiction.
The No Nonsense Guide to Novel Writing
on July 04, 2013
An excellent, no-nonsense approach to writing a novel. Damn you, now I have had to buy 'Desolation Boulevard' on the strength of this well written work :)