I was born in 1961 in Isleworth, which was then in the historic county of Middlesex but has since been subsumed into the amorphous entity that is Greater London.
It was at Worple Road Primary School, where according to my class reports I was a bright but generally inattentive pupil, that I acquired my passion for creative writing, and this was further developed after I had moved on to Isleworth Grammar School.
A latterly misspent youth leading to some bad life decisions meant I never really settled onto a conventional career path. Instead, having begun my working life in airfreight exports I variously sampled the delights of bookshop management, accounts, cleaning, labouring on a building site, working in a bar, telephone and door-to-door selling, running my own leaflet distribution business, managing for a portering firm at London Heathrow Airport, being a full-time local councillor including several years as Lead Member overseeing Hounslow’s Housing and Community Safety portfolios and chairing the Area Planning Committee, some more bar work, running an SEO consultancy, working in the ticket distribution office at Brentford Football Club and stewarding/marshalling local sporting and other events.
In 2017 I realised a lifelong ambition by self-publishing my first novel The Best Year Of Our Lives, drawing heavily upon my own experiences as a teenager growing up on the streets of Middlesex (or West London to some) in the mid-1970s. Since then I have added a number of other publications to my anthology. All these years on I still live in Isleworth, am married to Caroline and we have grown-up twins Joseph and Rosina, of whom I am deeply proud. I am also an active member of Isleworth Congregational Church.
Today I offer creative writing services to companies, web builders, bloggers and fellow authors. These include article writing, creating web content, guest blogging, ghost writing, proofreading and copywriting. More information about the various professional services that I offer can be found here.