Welcome to my website. Originally hailing from Australia, I came to love in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, UK via Switzerland and Surrey, in 2008. So glad I did! The Forest has inspired writers, including Tolkien, for generations. It’s still doing so.
My first novel was a fantasy middle-grade trilogy but I’ve since taken to writing books for grown-ups. My short stories and flash fiction have won prizes and commendations, including being longlisted for the Historical Writers Association 2020 short story competition.
I’m married with two grown children, and slave to a border collie who has published his own book, Sammy’s Walks – highly rated by locals and visitors to the Forest alike, and their dogs.
Writing may be a lonely process, but writers need the support of other writers. Being a member of Dean Writers Circle has given me that support and my writing has improved tremendously since sharing with and learning from the group. I’ve also found brilliant support and made wonderful friends via Twitter’s #writingcommunity. Keen to ensure the next generation of Forest writers, I’m a founder of Dean Scribblers, a small group of volunteers whose aim is to encourage the creative writing spark in young people in our community. Spending time with kids in classrooms is brilliant, and we’ve seen some imaginative and emotive work from 10 and 11 year olds and younger.
On this site you can discover my writing with excerpts from my published fantasy books, my historical works and a collection of short stories. Two of those stories are available on YouTube, narrated by Canadian poet Jacqueline Belle.
Of course, being a writer, I’m also an avid reader and what I read has always been a big influence on my own work. If you like the books I’ve posted on my reading page, I suspect you’ll enjoy my work too.
On my blog, I like to post hints for writers as well as news and posts for my readers. Writing is a craft as well as an art and there are ways to do it which makes life much easier for the reader.
Enjoy it all!
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