Chris grew up in Northumberland in the north of England. After graduating in the early 90s he became an English language teacher living in Turkey, Portugal, India and traveling extensively. He returned to the UK to study an MA in International Politics and taught at Warwick University before moving into policy research and implementation.
Chris’ dream was always to write a novel, and his writing journey began in August 2015 when he took voluntary redundancy from his role in education policy and wrote his debut, 'Becoming.' Published in September 2016, it sold around the world and received widespread acclaim. His second novel, 'The Storm' is also set in his native Northumberland, the place which provides much of his inspiration. Currently, Chris is writing the follow-up to 'Becoming' entitled 'Awakening.'
Supporting literacy development in schools is a passion for Chris and he has presented writing sessions in schools locally and nationally. He has delivered a number of readings at local writing events such as Noir at the Bar - Newcastle and The Stanza. In the summer of 2017, Chris was commissioned to write a series of short stories for Woodhorn Museum's successful 'Wonderfolk' interactive family event.
An accomplished musician, Chris is involved in a range of musical projects. He plays solo horn for Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, the village where he grew up. Chris loves running and in addition to a couple of marathons has run many half marathons and 10Ks. He currently lives in Monkseaton, near Newcastle upon Tyne.