I’m the author of the Anna Burgin series of mystery thrillers, which are mainly written by candlelight over many long evenings. I also do a bit of screen acting, although my day job is running an online hosiery retail company. If you need wonderful tights or stockings I’m your man! Along the way I’ve won a few awards…
I grew up in the north east of England, but moved to London at the age of 18 to do a degree in Film, Video and Photographic Art. (Anna did something similar three years later, but there the comparisons end, haha.)
While there I freelanced as a writer for Smash Hits and the Daily Mirror and then, upon graduation, I became a full time staff writer on a magazine called Music Technology.
In 1991 I moved back to the north east to work for the Sunderland Echo but then returned to London at the start of 1994 to join the fabulous team at Emap, writing about technology and the Internet. I set up a web site called Pure Fiction, which was all about bestselling novels and how to write them, and freelanced for all sorts of magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times.
In 1996, I interviewed the owner of an American software company and ended up being offered a job with the company an started spending quite a lot of time in Seattle. I was then at at Cable & Wireless for a while, and finally at NTL before setting up my own company in 2000.
My first passions, however, were writing books and music. I bought my first synthesiser at the age of 17, and still have a home studio although sadly not much time to spend in it.
I wrote my first novel in 1993 and my second in 1999. They take quite a while, haha. The first finally saw the light of day as Cold Press – 24 years later – after a huge re-write. Over 20,000 of the original manuscript were deleted, and over 50,000 new ones added.
The 1999 book – Skirt – has also been rewritten, although there are no plans to publish it just yet. It’s a standalone literary comedy and will appear at some point. Watch this space.
In 2015 I ventured into the world of screen acting with a course at City Academy in London. It was a revelation. The teacher, Philip Wolff, became a very good friend, and we have now worked together on a short film called Calibre. I wrote the original screenplay. He developed the script, and became its director. I have a role in the film alongside a great cast of enthusiastic and passionate people.
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Best wishes and thanks for reading.