In order, I am a family man, a northerner, and a writer. Scarily it's over forty years since BBC Schools Radio gave me my first commission, and I have been writing as a part-time freelance ever since, mainly plays for the Beeb, and for education publishers. I got involved also with writing questions and formats for various TV and radio quiz shows. It's only in the last few years that I have been able to write full time, and in that period have produced: a collection of short stories 'We Never Had It So Good'; a thriller novel '11:59', which reached the semi-final of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010; an historical novel 'Mr Stephenson's Regret', an Amazon semi-finalist in 2011; a psychological mystery 'As Close As You Are To Me'; and a micro-fiction collection, 'HE and SHE: 1000 stories in 1000 tweets'. I also do readings and workshops.
You may like to read my writer's blog, which is called writerinthenorth and is available on the Blogger service. I twitter @writerinnorth