Hello and welcome to my site!
OK, so this is the part where I’ll tell you a little bit more about me.
I was born in England and spent most of my childhood in a sleepy little village about four miles outside of the rural county town of Stafford. From almost day one I became passionately obsessed with the written word, an obsession which I am very grateful to this day, that my parents chose to indulge me in. At five years old I was already cutting my teeth on fantastic stories such as ‘The Faraway Tree’ and ‘The Wishing Chair’ books by the incredibly talented, and in my opinion still unparalleled, Enid Blyton.
I began writing stories at a very young age, as most writers tend to do. They were short and almost always centred on my other obsession, animals. One thing though was, and still is, a constant in that I write in order to escape myself and the world at large. As with Enid’s stories, I expect to be transported by both my own work and my inexhaustible reading habit into a whole new world far distant from normal, everyday drudgery.
At twenty-three I completed my BA (H) in Journalism from Staffordshire University. This provided me with a solid foundation and some fantastic mentors, who taught me much about how to be more concise and edit my own work ready for publication. The only thing that the University couldn’t teach me, was how to leave behind my inherent need for total escapism.
Today, I live in Abruzzo, Central Italy in an old stone farmhouse, which I am in the process of renovating, and I write mostly within the fantasy genre which suits me down to the ground. I always ensure though, that I add in a good dollop of romance, adventure, action and horror wherever I can, just to provide the right amount of spice and chaos to my stories. They may not be derived from solid journalistic leads or even in the same realm as human current affairs, but I think we can all agree that considering the state of the world right now, stories like mine are a hell of a lot more fun to read and to write too, in all honesty.
This site comprises an ongoing collection of both my published and unpublished work, so I do hope that you will enjoy what you discover here. I will be continually adding to the site, so keep checking back in with me from time to time for new short stories from the realm of fantasy, and blog posts about all the fun that there is to be had in writing a brand new manuscript.
I look forward to hearing any feedback that you have to give, and I also dabble in poetry, so if poems are more your thing then please check out my poetry section. Be warned though, some of the topics don’t quite sit on the ‘Hallmark’ side of the human experience!!