Writing since the age of ten and currently working on The Great Corporate Novel.
Previous writing credits include:
- Winning entry, "Aide Memoire", in the 2015 Winchester Writers' Festival competition "Writing Can Be Murder".
- Winner of the AirMiles travel writing competition in Conde Nast Traveller magazine, based on the challenge of describing "A life changing travel experience in less than 100 words".
- "Last Race at Dederang", the winning piece in the 2002 Cadenza short story competition.
- "Searching for Satu", my first published novel that came out in 1999 and which, at long last, is due to be republished later this year.
- "Juanita", my first published short story. A runner-up in a 1999 competition anthology by Focus on Fiction, it formed the basis of my next novel, with its early chapters winning or being recognised by three literary competitions: "First page of a novel" in The New Writer magazine (for which I have also written occasional articles); Essex Writers Fresh Talent competition (which led to a mentoring arrangement in 2003 with thriller writer Martyn Waites); and the original 2004 Lit Idol contest. Unpublished but now undergoing a major rewrite, "The Vice" is set in the Philippines. Please do imagine the rest.
In terms of personal background, I was born in Papua New Guinea, of mixed Scots/English and Swedish/Finnish stock. I grew up in England, read Geography at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, have travelled extensively and over the past 35 years have worked with many different companies and organisations in the health, publishing, IT and space industries.