I was born and brought up in Leicester. I still live there now, in the West End of the city with my wife, our two daughters and a variety of pets. I’ve got a History degree from Birmingham University and a PGCE from the University of Leicester. I’ve worked in a factory making fridges, as a gardener, as a market trader and as a Primary school teacher. At the moment I’m concentrating on writing, alternating time in front of a computer screen with visits to schools, libraries and reading groups.
I’ve always loved to write. As a kid I was really into ghost and horror stories. No matter what title my teachers gave me, I would manage to turn it into some sort of gory saga. In my teens I was a fan of Stephen King and used to pinch school exercise books and fill them with dodgy horror & novels& of my own. Throughout my adult life I’ve had writing bubbling away on the back burner, and I finally had my first novel BIG AND CLEVER published in 2009.
In my spare time I like reading, listening to music and watching old horror films. The writers I’m influenced by include Stephen King (still), David Peace, George Orwell, Alan Sillitoe and Gordon Burn. I like lots of different types of music, but I’m a big fan of The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey and the 2-Tone groups. My favourite films are low-budget British horrors from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. My favourite actors are Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I met Christopher Lee once. It was fantastic, something I’ll never forget – I love that man!
I’m a big sports fan, paricularly football and boxing. Supporting Leicester City has been a huge part of my life for more than thirty years now. My first match was against Brighton in September 1978. We won 4-1 and I’ve been hooked ever since.