was born in 1977 in Frankfurt, West Germany, and grew up in Belgium
and Connecticut, USA. I came back to England to study history at Lincoln
College Oxford, where I met my future wife Emma and spent a lot
of time doing theatre.
I left university I knew that I wanted to be a novelist. I stayed in
Oxford to be with Emma, and got a job at a local
actuarial firm to pay the bills. The company paid well and grew
quickly, with the result that I neglected the writing and concentrated
on the career.
three years, though, I'd had enough. Very fortuitously, the same week
that I decided to start working part-time and focus on my writing, I
saw an advert for the Debut
Dagger competition. I entered it with the first chapter of what
became The Blighted Cliffs and finished runner-up. On the back
of that, I found an agent and eventually a publisher.
currently live in Clapham, South London, although I'll be moving north
to York in January 2005. Under the pseudonym Tom Harper I also write
a series of historical novels set around the First Crusade - the first
is called The Mosaic of Shadows and is published by Century.