I’m a UK writer of mystery and horror living in the seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea with my long-time partner and best friend, Rob, and our two cats Sam and Dean, a life-size Dalek called ‘Dougal the Deadly Dalek’, and a Cyberman called ‘Cyril’. As you can guess from that, if you snapped me in half I would have GEEK printed on my innards like a stick of rock. Although if you would just take my word on that I would be grateful…
My love of science-fiction and horror stems back to ‘Star Wars’, ‘He-Man’, ‘Star Fleet X Bomber’, ‘Thundercats’, ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’, the original ‘Doctor Who’, and sneakily watched ‘Kolchack: The Night Stalker’, ‘V’, and old ‘Hammer Horror’ re-runs on TV, and 80s horror videos. Yes, on cassette. Rented from the video shop. When they were new… Favourites being, ‘Poltergiest’, ‘Hellraiser’, ‘The Entity, Evil Dead’, and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’.
Something about those shows and films stirred my imagination to fill in where the effects lacked or I would have preferred the story-lines to go, and I lived much of my childhood in my head or in a book. I have fond memories of Target Doctor Who novels in the 80s. I wrote on and off in my childhood and when I got into my teens Flannery O’Connor’s dark vignettes, and the horror of Clive Barker, Shaun Hutson and James Herbert sharpened my interest and I began to write more earnestly.
However, my writing won’t be limited by horror. After all, mystery–which is at the heart of horror–is everywhere. I’ve written about the mind’s mysterious and troublesome ways in my self-help title ‘Get Over It’, and I want to explore the uncertainty around relationships and the intrigue of world’s beyond this one in my writing. Currently I’m enjoying myself on the next run of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’, which has allowed me to steep myself in Victorian history and experiment with my storytelling.
I work within mental health arranging funding for people’s support needs. I’m trained as a counsellor, and just recently finished studying for working in accounts. When I’m not writing in the hope that my hobby will become my day job, I like to spend my time reading horror and Victorian history books, watching horror and sci-fi TV and movies, playing modern board games, going to conventions, on long walks or visiting places of interest with Rob, and stroking the cats. Oh and drinking tea and eating cake.