About the author
I have written in one form or another all my life, whether as part of my job or leisure time. Before publishing Alice Falls Again and the Worlds Apart series, I co-authored a best-selling series of schoolbooks and co-produced Future Histories, a collection of science fiction stories (foreword by Arthur C Clarke and Nicholas Negroponte) for limited distribution.
Now, having emerged out of my own personal rabbit hole at the tail end of a career in corporate communications and sustainability, I am pursuing a lifelong dream, writing fantasy. Rather like Alice, I find myself drawn to the curious, the fantastic and the peculiar. So it made sense to make Alice Falls Again my first novel to reach the finishing line.
Created over several decades, the Worlds Apart saga has acted as an outlet for an over-active imagination and a much-needed contrast to my career in communications – escapism and therapy rolled into one. For this reason, I have a deep connection with that story. So much so, that I have seen dreams about the characters, a couple of which have already persuaded me to start the next instalment.
Although not through conscious decision, I’m sure that the fictitious characters and events in my books have drawn on my own life experiences and my exposure to a vast array of cultures, personalities and incidents along the way. Born in London, I grew up on the south coast of England and, apart from a few years in China, I have spent the second half of my life in Finland with my family and dogs (does family include dogs?). As well as reading, writing and sport, my interests include collecting first edition children’s books (a first-edition Alice in Wonderland eludes me, but I have an 1869 edition).
I write primarily for pleasure, so the idea of fame or fortune are not main motivators. When sharing my stories with a wider audience, it would be reward enough to hear that at least one other person has enjoyed reading them.
As a cool gift for someone, why not purchase a signed paperback book direct from me. I’d also love to hear feedback or comments on the books, if only to tell me that you fell asleep at page seven! Drop me a line!
ALICE FALLS AGAIN