Hi, thanks for your interest in my books. Perhaps you want to know more about my background as a historian, or perhaps you are more interested in my fantasy fiction. To some extent both types of writing have their roots in the fact that I grew up in Chester, a walled city full of the remains of its Roman and Medieval past.
At nineteen I was lucky enough to get work in the world's first commericial live role-playing game, Treasure Trap, based in Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. At that time the great miners' strike of 1984-5 shook every nook and cranny of the country, including the secluded castle, and I found myself drawn from a world of fantasy into a world of class conflict and intense political debate. For many years after, I moved from major city to major city in the UK pausing only in Doncaster to work in a large tractor factory (Case International) to earn enough for my first computer and to start writing.
My dad is from Dublin and having always enjoyed my visits there it was often in my mind to move to Ireland. By a quirk of fate I've ended up living not too far from his family home.
Having obtained a doctorate in history from Trinity College I research and teach medieval history and enjoy that as much as writing fantasy fiction. I live with my partner Aoife, young daughter Maya and even younger son Orran. My current writing projects are Eternal Voyager, a novel set in a universe where all the beings are 'virtual', and a work of history on Strongbow and the coming of the Normans to Ireland.