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I am born and raised in the Medway Towns in Kent, that's in the South-East of England about an hour's drive from Central London - it's not quite Country not quite Capital. I attended the Howard School for boys, then Mid-Kent College at Fort Horsted. The local team is Gillingham FC and for many years I was a season-ticket holder - parenthood put an end to that, but I still follow the Gills. I still live in Kent with my Kiwi wife, two young sons and one very old bad-tempered cat.
I grew up in and around the building industry, and spent my school summer holidays helping out on my father's sites. After leaving school I followed my father in to the industry, and over the years I have worked on everything from small domestic repairs to billion-pound infrastructure and probably everything in between. I drew influence from my experiences and the people I've met over the years when writing my first novel, "Death Of A Painter", the first in my planned series featuring the misadventures of Mark Poynter and friends.
As regards my writing history: several years ago I ticked off a lifelong ambition and tried my hand at stand-up comedy. However, I enjoyed the writing more than the performing and got approached by a leading stand-up comedian to provide material for their nationwide theatre tours, Edinburgh Fringe shows, corporate bookings and their appearances on shows such as ‘Mock The Week’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘The News Quiz’. I was also commissioned by two leading production companies to provide material for different BBC Radio 4 comedy series.
Unfortunately my writing ambitions got put on hold "temporarily", a great shame and something I regret because of the momentum gathering behind me and the positive feedback I was attracting. However a grown-up proper job, losing my father, and having my babies got in the way - what was a temporary postponement in time became a total derailment. But the itch wouldn't go away and I wanted to write again. I was less keen to return to joke/sketch writing, believing that the longer form novel was more appropriate for where I am now in my life.
I joined the Faber Academy 6-month Novel Writing course in 2016 under Richard Skinner’s tutelage and it changed my life.