I was born in 1964 in the seaside town of Margate, Kent. I was the fifth boy in a family of painters. As a boy, 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, published by Corvus, 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 200,000 copies, and my 2016 title The Other Son reached #3 and has so far sold almost 140,000 copies.
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, German, Spanish, Norwegian and Italian.
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 was released in September, 2016 and later republished as The Bottle of Tears. It has been translated and has been a #1 hit in both Germany and France.
Things We Never Said came out in September 2017 and has since hit the #1 spot and been translated into French, Spanish and German, meaning that all in all, I have sold over a million copies of my novels.
You Then, Me Now is my newest title, published by Lake Union, and it’s out on the 29th April 2019 in English (it’s currently #3 in the UK chart) and it should be out in translation in German, French and Spanish by the end of the year.
All in all it’s been an amazing roller-coaster ride, and that’s all thanks to you, my readers, so thank you!
I do hope you like the new one.