So, here is my guilty secret... I didn't always want to be a writer.
I was born in 1984, grew up in Oxford, went to school in Abingdon and studied Classics at Cambridge. When I left I was sure I was going to be an actor or a theatre director. The idea of writing a book hadn't even crossed my mind.
I didn't get very far with acting, but I did
manage to find a job in publishing. I enjoyed it
so much that I kept going. I became an editor
at Usborne and wrote books about dinosaurs,
the Second World War, polar bears... Did you know they have black skin? I know a lot about polar bears.
I was also a volunteer reader at a local school with this charity.
Somewhere along the way, I realised that what
I'd loved about acting was telling stories. And by writing, I could tell all of the story myself. It was
like being the actors and the director (and the playwright, producer and set designer) all at the same time. I began getting up early every morning and tapping away at my laptop. Two years later,
I finished my first novel - The Demon's Watch.
Nowadays I live in London with my wife and work as an editor at Working Partners, creating children's fiction. I like to read, run and play the mandolin. Some of my favourite books are the Dirk Gently series by Douglas Adams, Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan and the Arthur books by Bernard Cornwell.
I still get up early in the mornings to write. In fact,
I don't think I'll ever stop. There are so many stories left to tell...
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