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I am the son of a Church of England clergyman - like so many writers, oddly enough. I went to Cheltenham College, then Leicester University to study Philosophy, but left after a year as I didn't understand a word of it. Instead I read English at Oxford Brookes University, and then spent another five years at London, Birkbeck College, doing (and amazingly, completing) a PhD on W B Yeats - still my favourite poet. I'm afraid the main reason I did a higher degree was to avoid getting a proper job - which I have continued to avoid to this day. (Writing isn't a job. It's a hobby or passion that, if you're lucky, you might just get paid for.)
I worked part-time in various bookshops - Dillons in Oxford, Ottakars in Salisbury - which is quite useful for a budding writer; and became a part-time journalist, which I still am, currently theatre critic and book reviewer for the Sunday Times, under my real name, Christopher Hart. I previously worked as Literary Editor of the Erotic Review, and as an Agony Aunt for Time Out - though I was sacked after just a year for giving advice that was "unhelpful and sometimes offensive."
I published my first two novels as Christopher Hart as well, both contemporary, 'literary' novels - The Harvest, a tragedy set in the English countryside, and Rescue Me, a London-based rom-com. Since then I have written as William Napier - actually my two middle names - concentrating on historical fiction. But like many writers I don't really like neat distinctions between 'literary' and 'genre' or 'mass market' fiction. Isn't War and Peace an historical novel? Isn't Bleak House a crime novel? When I write a book, I just try to write the best I can. And fortunately, I absolutely love writing, and have never yet had writer's block (ink-stained fingers crossed.)
When not writing - from dawn to lunchtime, approximately - I like being outside. We live down in the south west of England, and I will either be out walking or cycling or looking after our eight acres of unkempt, wildlife-friendly meadow, orchard and river. Bliss.
If further afield, I love anything to do with mountains: climbing, mountain biking, running.
Favourite Novel: Probably still Moby Dick.
Country I most want to visit: USA ( I once spent a night in Houston airport, but I don't think that counts)