Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in the UK and grew up in Berkshire just west of London. I attended various schools from pre-prep, boarding school, grammar, comprehensive, independent and a brief spell at college. As a result I had to make friends quickly which is still a great attribute. If Facebook had been around, I would have more friends than Lady GaGa by now. I left school for London to enter the exciting world of stockbroking. I quit after a number of years and hung out with my brother, where we went nowhere quite fast. During this time I won a scratchcard lottery, got on the front page of the newspaper, bought a motorbike and took off for Majorca where I stayed with a group of friends.
What made you first decide to become a writer?
The only encouragement I really remember from my school days was from one of my English teacher who scribbled in my end of term report: “He writes quite well.” And if that sounds lame – it is, but you have to remember this was England in the mid ’70s and warmth and a sense of accomplishment was not encouraged, and regular beatings for no apparent reason were somewhat routine back then. I eventually wound myself into a knot of fear while at boarding school and was taken out with something called ‘stills’ disease. I was paralysed from the neck down. The good news is that the illness miraculously vanished after about a year. I count myself lucky to be walking again, to have escaped that school, and wound up with a sense that I could write. All good fun!
Can you tell us about your latest book?
My latest book is an adventure titled: The 58th Keeper. It is about a young boy who is entrusted to look after an priceless relic. Prior to his attempts at safeguarding it, 57 other people had spent their lives as Keepers. The main character, Archy Bass, needs to wake up and tap into inner strengths he didn’t know existed. And he has to do it quickly, if he is to stay alive and earn the title of Keeper.
What inspired you to write it?
The story spiraled out after I won a scratch card lottery. I split the proceeds with my friend who asked me what I would buy. I said, “A flying carpet,” which was a silly answer, but the seeds for The 58th Keeper were sown.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
I have been told my writing is visual. The narrative tends to conjure up strong images in reader’s minds, and I like to drop them right in the thick of the action. The stories are a slice of history and readers will get to live it — if that’s possible. There are also very real landmarks that readers can actually visit . That was the fun part — spinning the story around real places while weaving magic and mystery around them.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
It is available in all formats: eBooks, print, papyrus…Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble etc.
If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?
Can I have three dead, please?
1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Mark Twain
3. Douglas Adams
What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers?
I live on a very high floor apartment and after five years, I still have a funny feeling that shoots up my left arm when I look over the balcony.
What is up next for you?
I am close to the end of The 58th Keeper book 2, which I’m excited about. I also just released: The Caldecott Chronicles – which is a series of short stories about Victorian zombies and is great fun for young adult.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Readers can win a Kindle Touch or a Nook Simple Touch if you write a fun review about The 58th Keeper. Check out the competition here.
Thanks for having me. I looking forward to making more friends.
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