I was born and brought up in Edinburgh. After studying at Edinburgh and Stirling Universities, and after a good deal of displacement activity (varying from spending three months in the rainforests of Borneo trying to record the dawn chorus of gibbons to briefly working in a tea warehouse / factory), I moved to England to enter the world of full-time employment.
As much by luck as judgement, I had a series of on the whole enjoyable and interesting jobs, mostly based in London. All of them save one have been in the charity sector, and at various times they have involved extensive overseas travel, environmental and community projects, nature conservation and fundraising.
Writing was a big feature of my childhood, and has ebbed and flowed as a spare-time occupation ever since. I sold a couple of short stories in the 1990s, but didn’t really start thinking seriously about writing novels until the 21st Century had got underway.
At the start of 2003, I turned myself into a freelance consultant on environmental projects, partly in order to devote more time to writing; since then, the writing side of things has taken over almost completely.
I am now back in Edinburgh, where I live with my lovely wife, and miss the excitement of London only a little, and only occasionally.
Details of my published novels can, unsurprisingly, be found on the Books page. As far as short fiction is concerned:
- ‘Farm Animal’ – Interzone #74 (1993)
- ‘Gibbons’ – The Third Alternative #20 (1999)
- ‘Beyond the Reach of His Gods’ – Rage of the Behemoth, ed. by Jason M. Waltz, Rogue Blades Entertainment (2009), but you can read it for free online at Lightspeed Magazine simply by following this handy link
- ‘Flint’ – Speculative Horizons, ed. by Patrick St-Denis, Subterranean Press (2010)