Hello everyone. Firstly, let me start by thanking you for finding this site, and for taking an interest in me and my work. That cute kid on the homepage is me, albeit over 30 years ago before I grew up to be me. Please allow me to introduce myself, and explain a little bit about who I am and what I’m doing. Welcome along, and I hope you’ll find something you enjoy.
I was born in Walsall, West Midlands, UK on 19th April 1985, and now live in Brownhills, with my partner Sarah, and our two children, Jacob and Jessica. I was educated first at Hatherton Lane primary school, and then Frank F. Harrison secondary school, leaving with a handful of GCSE’s and a couple of A-levels.I thoroughly enjoy watching live sport, particularly football and horse racing. My playing of sports tends to be limited to pub sports, such as pool and darts. I’m enthusiastic about playing both, but please don’t confuse that enthusiasm for ability. I’m also a keen Trekkie and a Sherlockian, with both of those topics being covered in more depth over on the Blogs page.
My interest in writing was peaked at a very young age and was strongly influenced by my dad. One of my earliest memories is of him sitting at a typewriter, working on a set of children’s stories for about a rescue helicopter called Choppy. Unfortunately for him, by the time he had completed it, Sarah Ferguson’s “Budgie The Little Helicopter” series was being released, and consequently he never pursued it further.
The fire inside me remained lit however and, coupled with my passion for watching live sport, I spent my teenage years with the dream of being a sports journalist. When I was about 17, I got the opportunity to interview for an apprenticeship at my local evening newspaper, The Express & Star. During the interview, I was asked the question of whether I consider myself to be a nosey person. I’d done lots of preparation for the interview around giving good answers, so naively I decided that answering yes to that question was probably not a wise idea. I said no, and ultimately didn’t get the job.
As maths (or math if you’re from the US) had been my strongest academic subject, it meant I spent my early 20’s working for a high street bank. However, my lack of interest in the role, and an inability to adapt to rules I didn’t agree with caused by my, at the time undiagnosed, autism, meant that I ended up working a number of different roles over a relatively short period.
Ultimately, by 2007, I ended up working in an IT Training Academy in Wolverhampton, where I got a lucky break. I was taken on, along with 7 IT graduates, as a trainee developer. My experience in several different areas of the business standing me in good stead, as it meant I knew what a lot of the data meant. Here I stayed until the credit crunch in 2010 resulted in me being made redundant.
Happily, the skills I’d built up allowed me to pursue a freelance career, where over the next decade I worked for different companies all over the UK. However, in the pre-COVID world, this caused a difficulty maintaining an appropriate balance between my family and professional life. Following the birth of my son in 2015, and then my daughter in 2018, coupled with health problems during an assignment in Bracknell, I took a career break in an attempt to finally pursue my writing dream.
I’d had the characters of Gary Jackson, Michelle Peyton and Sinead O’Brien planned my head since my late teens, but I’d never really had anywhere to place them. Literary influences from childhood were the likes of Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis. Then, through my teenage years I enjoyed fantasy fiction from the likes of the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, The Keys To The Kingdom by Garth Nix, and His Dark Materials and The Sally Lockhart novels by Philip Pullman. In adulthood I became a keen crime reader, and list Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sue Grafton as my favourite authors. But I didn’t want to be any of those writers. I admire them all hugely, to the point I even sent a copy of my debut novel to Sue Grafton’s daughter, Jamie. But doing something along the lines of what they had done seemed pointless. It had already been done, by them and by thousands of others both before and after them. I wanted to do something different and unique.
Then, upon reading this article, on the mind-bending implications of the Many Worlds Theory, back in 2014, it all started to fall into place. After that, I had the story that would become Worldlines planned out within a couple of weeks. But, with a mentally taxing day job, I found it impossible to write whilst in full time employment. Thus, it wasn’t until I started my career break in August 2019 that I finally managed to bring those ideas to life, first through Worldlines, and then its successor, The Futility of Vengeance.
Despite now being back in full time work (we all need to pay the bills don’t we?), the intention is to continue developing the project over the coming years, with the third title, Between The Lines, expected to land in autumn 2021. Visit the Many Worlds page of this website for more information on the series. Or, if you’re more of a Trekkie or a Sherlockian, the Last Generation and Dating Sherlock blogs may be of interest to you.
Thank you once again for visiting my website. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to direct them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org