I was formally educated at Chesterfield Boys School and Nottingham University in England, graduating with second class honours in Industrial Economics in 1982. A low flying career in banking followed, where amongst other things, I was able to cut my writing teeth on such entertaining projects as mortgage policy manuals and training notes.
Always a frustrated traveller, time off for good behaviour in 1992 led to my first trip around the world. However it took a further 12 years, and marriage to a New Zealander before I could finally break the chains and escape the banking world for good. A move to New Zealand in 2004 has finally given me the opportunity to travel extensively and write about something more interesting than lending policy and procedures.
At the age of 52 I find it hard to keep still and when not visiting some far flung corner of the world, I am often following a small ball to the far corners of a golf course, or running, walking or cycling up and down mountains. The recent arrival of our daughter Amy has curtailed our travel plans for now, although the next book is already planned.