Welcome to my website.
I love magical, mystical adventurous and the use of imagination. Good versus evil, dragons, mythological characters, talking animals, and heroic acts. I am also an avid reader of historical novels and latterly of two particular series of crime books - which never really appealed previously.
My favourite authors are William Shakespeare, J K Rowling, Charles Dickens, Philip Pullman, J R R Tolkein, C S Lewis, Eoin Colfer, Helen Hollick, Elizabeth Chadwick, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Stephen Booth, Robert Galbraith, to name a few. And, from way back the American author, Thorne Smith who wrote 'Night Life of the Gods', 'Topper' and 'The Glorious Pool', amongst others. They are all comedic fantasies written early in the 20th Century but humour is humour and his still works today. These are the type of books that can have you laughing out loud on the bus and attracting glares from the other passengers.
Many of these authors have had their influence on my writing just as people I have met and the places I've lived or visited.
I am in the process of writing the fourth book in 'The Winterne Series' and it's not going too badly but unfortunately, while organising events I don't get as much time to write as I would like. This time the cave systems of Cresswell Crags and Peak-Speedwell in Derbyshire will play their part. I hope to have this book available at the beginning of 2017 and have begun plans for a young adult crime book set in Tenerife concentrating on scuba diving and Spanish gold smuggling.
Recently I participated in the World of Wizardry convention in Nottingham. This was a 2-day event on 6th and 7th August and I loved it. During the weekend, which was organised by Daydream Events, I met some delightful people including a number of actors from the Harry Potter series of films. Christopher Rithin, Chris Rankin, Jon Campling, Spencer Wilding, Paul Redfern, Hugh Mitchell and many of the actors who played Gringotts Goblins. I hope to be invited to participate in the event when it's run again next year.