I was born in 1964 in the seaside town of Margate, Kent. I was the fifth child in a family of painters. As a child, I talked constantly and when forbidden to talk (at school, for example), I wrote.
In my mid twenties, I moved to France and while earning a living in IT, I started working part-time on my first novel – a task that was initiated (and abandoned) many, many times. Finally, in 2001, I finished a gay fiction title called 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye. A friend at The Times told me that I should get it published, which was unexpected to say the least. I truly hadn’t considered it good enough.
For a few years I tried to find a publisher or an agent, but it was a hopeless, thankless, depressing task so I gave up and self published the book with Lulu.com.
To my surprise, it sold well, becoming one of the UK’s best selling gay fiction titles.
By 2010, five novels later, I felt that I had said all I wanted to in the gay fiction genre, so I decided to write my own take on the popular Chicklit genre, instead.
Still unable to find a publisher, I self published The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend on Amazon’s then brand-new Kindle platform. The response was truly astounding. The book went to #1 and sold over 300,000 copies, and the sequel, The French House, did even better. I followed these up with two Family Saga titles, The Half-Life of Hannah (2013), and Other Halves(2014). The Half-Life of Hannah went on to become the 4th bestselling indy title of all time in Amazon’s UK kindle store.
My 2015 title The Photographer’s Wife reached #1 in the UK chart and sold over 180,000 copies, and my 2016 title The Other Son reached #3 and has so far sold almost 100,000 copies (as of writing it is still in the top 100).
From these successes came a slew of international deals, so now The Case of the Missing Boyfriend has been translated into Italian (L’ambigue vérità del cuoré) and The Photographer’s Wife into French (La femme du Photographe).
The Half-life of Hannah and Other Halves have both been #1 hits in Norway, and The Other Son is has been translated into Turkish, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
Let the Light Shine, a family drama was released on the 30th of September, 2016 and later republished as The Bottle of Tears. It has been translated into French and has been a #1 hit in France.
All in all, I have sold over a million copies of my novels (ebook and paperback) and Amazon have stated in 2016 that I was the 3rd bestselling indy author in the UK.
Having finally obtained mainstream publishing contracts for The Case of the Missing Boyfriend, The French House and The Half-Life of Hannah, and having been thoroughly disappointed by the experience, I returned to self publishing in 2014, a process I find to be far more profitable and above all much more fun than “mainstream” publishing.
My new novel, Things We Never Said is currently in the UK top 20 on Amazon.
I do hope you like it!