I get a bit embarrassed writing personal stuff. It’s why I don’t do very much on Facebook and so on. I mean – who cares?
But, I guess you do, at least a bit, which is why you’re here. So here goes (blush, deep breath…)
I was born and grew up in Cullercoats, a small seaside town on the northeast coast of England, sandwiched between the very-slightly-posh Tynemouth and the rather less posh Whitley Bay.
I left home at 18 to study English at Leeds University. I graduated three years later and vowed never to read a book really fast again. It spoils the fun.
My first proper job was as Assistant Editor on a London-based magazine called TV World, a business publication aimed at the then-emerging (and now-massive) industry of international television programme sales and production.
I had risen the dizzy heights of editor when TV World was bought by a large corporation. I was offered a transfer to one of two titles: Solid Fuel Gazette or Radiation, Refrigeration and Heat Extraction Monthly. (Honestly!) For some reason neither title appealed, and I decided to try my luck in the field of television production.
I worked on many well-known, and more best-forgotten shows, including ITV’s The Time…The Place, and This Morning with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan; Channel 4’s Big Breakfast and the long-running Pet Rescue. Among many others, I also did a magic series for Sky, a three-part documentary in Spain for Channel 4, a celebrity chat show with Jimmy Tarbuck, a comedy clip-show, an anarchic late-night discussion programme, Bridezillas and a teenage reality show called Cruel Summer.
I know: specialisation was not really my thing.
Following a family move to Sweden in 2011, I began writing Time Travelling With A Hamster. To my delight and shock it was published to popular and critical acclaim in December, 2015. My second novel for children, What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible followed a year later.
The 1,000 Year Old Boy will be published in January 2018.
I live in London.
THINGS I LIKE
- Hot curries
- Hot summer days
- Cold winter days
- Beach bars
- George Formby songs
- Timothy Taylor’s Landlord (a beer)
- Raucous dinners with friends
- New York
- Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue
- Swedish saunas
- My family
- Magic tricks
- Playing the piano
- Parcels from Amazon
- Newcastle United winning
- A proper cup of tea
- Swan Lake
- Laurel & Hardy
- Game Of Thrones