About

‘I was born in Yorkshire on the same day Julius Caesar was murdered.’

I have been using that line, despite the two events are unrelated and separated by a couple of millennia, for years now. It’s true as far as it goes, as I was born on the ides of March. It’s also a rather pretentious thing to say, I’m aware and it tends to get a blank look more often than a rye smile. I am, however, a writer, it is in many ways my most defining quality, and writers are drawn to pretentiousness, the way moths are drawn to flames. Often with the same unfortunate results…

However, this is an ‘about’ page, and if you can’t be a tad pretentious when talking about yourself, when can you be? Despite my Yorkshire roots I now live in Teeside close to the river, behind a bird sanctuary, I have never visited. with a black cat called Boomer who likes to stop me typing by sitting on my lap, demanding attention, or food, and occasionally dive-bombing off the fireplace onto the keyboard… I also own several top hats, for no obvious reason…

Inbetween working for a living, reading, video game addictions, doing things for this blog, studying for a degree with the OU and a desire to have what is sometimes poetically called a life,  I write novels. I have bene told the best way to do this successfully is to write a series of novels in the same genre focusing on a few key characters within a wider imagined world… As this is undoubtly good advice I have utterly failed to follow it because the next project is always more interesting to me than revisiting the last. As such my writing is as eclectic as my taste in music, films and literature…

41WQUfZrKoL._UY250_Cider Lane: Of Silences And Stars, was my first novel, or more honestly about by twentieth, but the first one that I completed to the point felt comfortable with the idea of publishing it. A simple, yet complex contemporary novel. it tells of two people broken by the world, finding the road back together, and the importance of tin openers…

It was quite well received and even won an award, (no one was more surprised than me.)

 

51oa00zE+vL._SY346_Passing Place: Location Relative, my second novel published a year later is quite different… Its a novel about a place where people tell stories, or more importantly perhaps, where stories can be told. part horror, part sci-fi, part contemporary novel. It is also the story of a man face the end after his wife’s suicide, who finds a new path to follow as a piano player in a bar and grill when a cat points out a ‘Wanted’ sign in a bus station window. It is a novel of impossible places and impossible things, some of which are all too real…

 

I’m currently working on my third novel, which in keeping with the first two is a complete departure in to a first-person steampunk tale of humous intent. Though the sequel to Passing place is also in the works along with two other novels. There is as yet no plans for a sequel to Cider Lane, which is a shame because people keep asking if there is going to be one…