Heart of the World Novels
Elemental (April 2014)
Living Things (April 2015)
The Spectres of Winter (October 2016)
Blue Sky Black (August 2018)
Tomorrow Is Now (August 2014) editor/contributor
Saturday Night Monsters (March 2016) editor / contributor
Top (fanzine 1992-95)
Faze (fanzine October 1995 - March 2001)
This Way Up (fanzine March 2002 - October 2010/ blog from February 2011)
Space Time Telegraph (blog from July 2015)
A few words....
Hello, it's a bit weird to be typing this surrounded by photos of myself but I'll give it a try. I’m the author of the Heart of the World books which first published in 2014 though the ideas go back a decade before that.
I was born and still live in Liverpool only about five minutes' walk from Penny Lane. I suppose I've always been influenced by music and television in different ways and this seemed to come together in the 1980s when infuenced by music paper writers I started doing reviews of Doctor Who (always my favourite tv programme) for fanzines or amateur magazines. I also started writing on other programmes as well as music and events and finally in 1992 started editing and producing my own fanzines.
The first of these was Top which was mostly humorous stuff on Doctor Who. Then came Faze which diversified into other series as well as music and film. This Way Up has an even wider remit- in the paper issue we ran articles on subjects as diverse as Isaac Newton or The Ghosts of Motley Hall or Handmade Films or Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman and so on. You can read some of the best of these in the compliation book Tomorrow Is Now, available on Amazon. thiswayup is still going by the way only nowadays is a blog. I've also got a Doctor Who blog (of course) called Time Lines.
It was in 2002 that I embarked on writing fiction. For some reason I'd stopped after school even though I once won a prize for a story about a lion when I was about eight. I’ve always liked fantasy stories that have a strong basis in real things because if you start with something that people can believe could be happening right now and then develop the idea to make more unusual things happen readers will go with it. I also wanted to re-create the sort of excitement you get from watching tv shows where things move really quickly. The books avoid magic – all of the creatures in the books are developed from things that actually exist in real life.
The fact that all these novels are fully plotted out and freedom of self publishing means that these stories can be released fairly frequently and even if they don't sell zillions of copies I can put them out there into the public domain. They are out there indefinitely and I'm hoping a film producer might find them and offer me a fortune for the rights!
I should add that all of the above was done in my spare time! I do have a full time job as well.
That's all I can think to say right now.