About me

Yes, I'm English. I live in England. I write English English. (Except for the spelling, of course.) But for all intents and purposes, treat me as a North American writer, because I'm not part of the UK SF scene, and my focus is exclusively the US market. Writing novels, screenplays, and comics is my full-time job. But I still think of myself as that noblest of God's monkey-boys - a news journalist. I still have a hard-wired urge to chase fire engines and harass politicians. I planned to keep my hand in as a spin-doctor, too - fluent Weasel spoken here, and my vitriol could make Malcolm Tucker cry - but I found my evil persuasive powers were best used to enhance my own image, thanks very much.

Like most writers, I've been around a bit. Much of my working life has been spent as a TV and newspaper reporter. At one time or another I've taught journalism, and been an advertising copywriter, a police press officer, a public relations manager and a defence correspondent. I spent time in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (now disbanded, alas) and the Territorial Army. But bear in mind that the most hazardous thing I've ever faced was a Royal Navy meat pie. (No discernible lumps: slurry en croute.) I'm not GI Jane. Don't include me with the fine men and women who do a truly dangerous job in our armed forces, both as regulars and reservists, because I have the privilege of knowing many of them, and they're the real deal, and I am not.

That's all the personal detail you're going to get. People (especially kids doing school projects) mail me to ask where they can find out more, and my answer is that there isn't any more. I advise people never to post personal details on the internet, and I practice what I preach. If you really want to publish all the information your bank uses to identify you, that's your look-out, but just bear in mind that there are lots of expert data-miners like me out there who can use the most innocuous information quite legally to access even more stuff you probably wouldn't want to be made public. And that's without all the scammers harvesting info to use illegally. If in doubt - leave it out.