I was that kid in school who for English homework would write nine-page essays. It worked out well, some of my short stories and novel themes are a nod to those essays. This passion for writing recently earned me an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, with a distinction for my dissertation using the initial chapters of my work in progress novel (Butterflies Can’t Kill You) - a speculative fiction thriller.
I’m originally from the former Welsh mining town of Blaenavon, now a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site attraction, and the scene of my thriller ‘Rare Earth’. My career started as an aeronautical design engineer, but I spent most of my working life travelling the world masquerading as a key account salesman.
My debut novel ‘The Lucidity Programme’ received excellent reviews and briefly made it to #33 in its Amazon category alongside the likes of Dean Koontz and Paulo Coelho!
To relax, I’m a dedicated yogi; ridden Tour de France alpine cycling climbs; hiked the Camino across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela; snowboarded Mont Blanc’s Vallée Blanche and once outran a herd of rampaging cows across my local Welsh mountains. I’m a member of the Hay Writers Circle and performed at the Hay Literature Festival several times – treasuring my ‘paper rose’ performance accolade.
I live in Wales with similar views to some of the characters in my valley noir books.
I won my first national award for writing a fictional story as an eight-year-old - The Brooke Bond award
First prize the Henshaw International fiction prize in 2020. with my short story ‘Taste the Darkness’.
Runner up in the Frances Copping Memorial Prize for Fiction 2019 judged by Candice Siobhan Walker.
Third prize for the 2023 Richard Booth Prize for non-fiction judged my Tom Bullough.
Third prize Hay Writers 2023 open poetry competition judged by Alex Josephy.