Could you tell us
a little bit about yourself?
Sure. I was born in
Ilkeston in Derbyshire and live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
I work as a General Practitioner (family doctor) with a North
Birmingham practice. I am 43 and married with two children.
I am a Young adult sci-fi, historical fiction and historical fantasy writer. I
also write book
and board game reviews and online articles on historical and
gaming related topics. I own
my own small publishing house Mercia Books and
I am part of a board game design house
A keen player of board games and other games I am one of the directors of UK
(the UK's largest hobby games convention). I am a board game
designer and my first Board Game 'The Great Fire on London 1666' was published
by Medusa Games in October 2010
Describe your book
‘The Amber Treasure’ in 30 words or less.
It's about a
youth growing up in the darkest moments of the dark ages: the chaotic and
bloody years of the 6th century. It's about courage, betrayal, loyalty and
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It’s a real struggle to find out reliable facts about this period
as we know almost nothing of this time. Most records that do exist date from a
period decades or even centuries after the events they record. The greatest
record of the age, The Anglo Saxon Chronicle, was probably started by Alfred
the Great. Some of the events mentioned in it occurred five centuries earlier.
That is like a modern man writing an account of Spanish Armada or the
expedition of Columbus.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
The Lord of the Rings for its scope and ambition, the
historical novels of Bernard Cornwell and the fantasy novels of Terry
Briefly share with us what you do to market your books?
I have my own websites and blog, I try and post form time to time
on forums. I am active on Facebook and Twitter and I use Freado to offer free
samples. I do book blog visits and try and get reviews on them. I go into
schools and do talks.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
In the day job I am a Family Doctor – a GP. That gets pretty busy
at times. I also run UK Games Expo, the UK biggest board game and hobby game
convention which is just 2 months away so that is getting hectic as well. I am
a game designer too and I am working on some new ideas.
What are you working on next?
I am writing the sequel to The Amber Treasure: Child of Loki. I
hope to have that out later in the year. I just released the second book in my
Teen Time Travel adventure series, Yesterday’s Treasures and have plans for a
third next year.