I've lost count of the thousands of novels I've lost myself in since my first visits to Lowestoft Public Library with my mother in the late 'sixties. Already an avid consumer of comics (wasn't every young boy, back then?) and lending library copies of Asterix and Tintin hardbacks, I found my way into 'proper' books via the novelisations of Star Trek and Doctor Who.
I think the first book that really hit me between the eyes and under the ribs was Alan Garner's "The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" - the idea that whole worlds lay waiting for me to explore between the covers of these initially intimidating tomes grabbed hold of me, and frankly, never let go..
Writing novels of my own, some forty or so years later, still feels a little presumptuous. Indulgent, even.
But that thrill, of plucking something from nowhere, moulding it, maturing it, offering it to others? And then reflecting on how your words, in the order you place them, are working their way into another person's sense of themselves, is truly magical.
This page offers access to summaries of and extracts from each of my novels as I complete them. I'd love to hear what you think of them, and of the kinds of stories that offer you the kind of magic that I'm so excited to be a small part of.
One man seeks to bring the Republic to its knees.
The Quarant offers him just forty days to fulfil his task.
Forty days to change the course of history.
To save himself and those he loves from the ambitions of an uncaring king, and a vengeful father.
The deadly power of earthquake and tsunami shape his destiny.
But a threat, far greater yet, is travelling from the East.
History will be changed forever. But who will be left alive to tell it?
Martin's having a bad year. The worst of his life, actually.
He's about to head to the Isle Of Harris, a holiday treat booked the previous year with his wife, Trish.
But now, the bags packed full of prizewinning single malts and box sets of the best TV ever, he's struggling to keep a grip on things.
Trish is gone, and he's determined to find his way back to her.
Whatever it takes.