All writing is creative. Journalists craft untidy stories from the real world into accessible narratives. Creative prose distills the chaos of the imagination into tales that transport our readers to somewhere new.
I love creating those worlds, from the first time an idea tickles my imagination through to the final edit, and the one after that. There’s joy in the entire process of developing characters, plotting stories and creative world-building. From dragging that first paragraph kicking and screaming onto the page, to the days when words want to tumble out faster than I can type. Sometimes, my favourite days are the ones when they all have to be rewritten, because there’s a better way to tell the story.
I’m passionate about novels powered by original ideas, quirky characters, suspense, excitement, fear, joy, humour and a dash of whimsy. Travel, science and sci-fi dominate my imagination. My fiction reflects a collision of imagination with interests in psychology, conservation, adventure and exploration. As a child of the 1970s, I have a shameless weakness for space opera.
Born in Wolverhampton, I launched myself into writing for the local rags before I studied English & Psychology at Leicester University. I edited the university newpaper, then a year of newspaper journalism training at Cardiff University taught me how badly I’d done it. My journalism career began at local newspapers, but I moved into consumer technology when I realised it was a lot more fun. I wrote and edited magazines and websites for 15 years, and left as SEO began the great blandification of online English.
In 2020 I completed an MA in Creative Writing: The First Novel at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. I graduated with a Distinction and an appreciation of the difference a good writing group can make.
When I wasn’t writing, you might find me starring at the night sky and wondering what it would be like to live out there. I might be remembering the times I drove clapped-out cars across North Africa and Scandinavia, or ran around London dressed as a gorilla. More recently, I’ve helped to build orangutan conservation facilities in the jungles of Borneo, and I still dream of becoming a competent scuba diver.
Header image: Saturn and Jupiter beside the Milky Way.
Photo by Alexander Lane at Bude, Cornwall, July 2020