I’m an English teacher and writer and have been teaching for a very long time. In fact, teaching is the only real job I’ve had, apart from my many years adventuring and travelling, when, I was among many things, a cow farmer, a busker, a guitar teacher, a gardener, an unskilled labourer and… a teacher.
I tried very hard to take myself too seriously for a long time and it was a lot of fun. Now, I’m back to what I like, a mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve been profoundly influenced by the galaxy’s greatest comic 2000ad, John Wyndham, Dungeons and Dragons, Billy Bragg and the pub Nellies in Beverley.
I ride my push bike to work, go running, look after my kids, think about monsters and huge robots, drink warm beer and play the guitar.
My first novel ‘Warmstone’ is a father and son tale with Vikings, and ancient, mechanical giants in a frozen world. It was described as ‘The Road meets Game of Thrones’.you can get yourself a copy by clicking the picture or clicking here.
My latest book ‘Painted Dog’, is set in the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea where I spent two years as a young volunteer teacher in my twenties. It’s about a Yungum tribesman and his dog and is due out in November 2016.
I also sing and play washboard in the greatest progressive skiffle band in the world, Black Kes https://www.facebook.com/blackkessupergroup/ , but that’s another story.
I won’t get onto it now but I also play washboard in a legendary skiffle band….