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 the entire process of developing characters, plotting stories, creative world-building and dragging that first paragraph kicking and screaming onto the page, to the days when the words want to tumble out faster than I can type. I even enjoy the days 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. I love travel, science, and sci-fi, and my fiction reflects a convergence of interests in psychology, conservation, adventure, exploration and anything to do with space (well, except astrology). I have a weakness for space opera that you’ll find in any child of the 1970s.
I was born in Wolverhampton and studied English & Psychology at Leicester University, before launching a career in journalism with a postgraduate course in newspaper journalism at Cardiff University’s Centre for Journalism Studies. My journalism career began at local newspapers, and moved into consumer technology journalism, writing and editing magazines and websites for 15 years.
In 2020, I completed a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing: The First Novel at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, graduating with a Distinction.
I’ve driven clapped-out cars across North Africa and Scandinavia, run around central London dressed as a gorilla (all for charity), helped to build orangutan conservation facilities in the jungles of Borneo, and now I’m returning to the form of writing I love the most: fiction.
Header image: Saturn and Jupiter beside the Milky Way.
Photo by Alexander Lane at Bude, Cornwall, July 2020