"The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers" is my first novel and I am still getting used to people saying I am a writer! I do have another job - I am a primary school teacher in Leeds. This gives me a trapped audience of 8 year olds who have to laugh at my jokes or miss playtime.
Before teaching, I spent 20 years trying to put the tee-hee into TV. As a news reporter for Tyne Tees TV I joined a Russian circus, abseiled off Durham Cathedral and interviewed a man who trained worms how to dance. As a TV producer, I reunited the last surviving Oompah Loompas, crossed Britain on a lawn mower with John Sergeant and filmed the party of the year at David Beckham’s house (but spent the whole night stuck in the kitchen).
I once toured Japan in a comedy show and I have directed both Emmerdale and Coronation Street. I speak Japanese with a Coventry accent and I have two daughters. Although they both think I’m quite funny at the moment I know this won’t last forever.