Welcome to my website!
Believe it or not, I once lived in the castle that features at the top of this web page. You may recognise it as Edinburgh Castle. I was fortunate enough to call it home for a while, back in 1995. And yes, it was a little bit spooky and a lot inspiring. I think that I’ve been blessed, living in many varied and wonderful locations in my life, and of course the history of those places may have rubbed off on me.
I am passionate about history: I love reading about it, and feel there is nothing quite like trying to experience it by visiting somewhere steeped in history. Sensing yourself walking in someone else’s shoes, perhaps where kings or queens, or maybe Shakespeare once trod. Unfortunately, I have not yet succeeded in solving the mystery of time-transportation, but when that particular tourist gig happens I’ll be first in the queue. As you can imagine, my love of history means that my writing tends to either be historically-inspired, or historically-founded.
I’ve always loved reading and writing, and I’m not sure I could live without stories. Although by profession I’m an English and history teacher, and I still spend time tutoring student teachers, when I’m not doing that, you’ll usually find me at my desk, writing. Having said that, any excuse and I’ll pack my bags to go and find inspiration. Although I now live in Australia, and an incredibly beautiful part of the world it is too, I have to admit that I have a serious travel bug. Perhaps a former ancestor was a gypsy! I’m a dual New Zealand-British citizen, was born in Fiji, and have since lived in Kiribati (a small coral atoll in the Pacific), Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, England and Scotland. I went to university in St. Andrew’s in Scotland where I completed my Masters in History. I then (for some unfathomable reason, which is a very long story!) joined the British army and spent a considerable amount of time in Germany, Bosnia and back in Scotland. Before teaching, I also worked at Wimbledon, for an educational charity organisation and also as manager of Microsoft’s UK Press Centre. As well as some grey hairs, I have collected some incredible life experiences along the way …
These days, I love hanging out with my family, watching the world go by, and failing to hold back when it comes to buying books, eating good food and drinking Australian wine. But most of the time, because it gives me the greatest pleasure, what I want to do is write.
My current manuscript, The Book Lovers, won the Historical Novel Society of Australasia’s First Pages competition and was long listed for the Richell Prize (if you’d like to read more about it, please check out my Writing page). It’s been a work-in-progress for a long time now, but I’m in the final stages of editing and polishing it before I send it out into the world.
I hope you find some nuggets of interest on these web pages. Like most things in life, this website is a work in progress and I’d appreciate any feedback.
May you love what you read and read what you love!