For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I was around 9 when I discovered that ‘author’ was an actual job you could do, and pretty much every day since then I’ve dreamed about seeing my work in print.
Back in 2010, that dream came true when HarperCollins Children’s Books published my Invisible Fiends horror series about a boy whose childhood imaginary friend comes back when he’s a teenager and tries to kill him. It went on to win some prizes, sell to some foreign countries, and marked the start of my professional writing career.
Fast forward to today and I’ve had somewhere around 70 books published, all aimed at children or teenagers. I’ve written for publishers such as Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Egmont, Stripes and Little, Brown. I’ve written 30+ episodes of children’s comedy for CITV, and regularly contribute to comics like The Beano.
I’m lucky enough to be invited to speak at schools and festivals all over the UK and beyond, sharing my love of reading and writing with children and adults alike.
In 2016, I started publishing books for grown-ups. My main series is Space Team, a comedy scifi adventure space opera thingy, although I’ve recently expanded the universe to include the Dan Deadman Space Detective series.
So that’s me, basically. I like making stuff up and writing it down. When I’m not doing that I’m playing with my kids, annoying my wife, walking my dog, or staring longingly at my Xbox One in the hope that someday – someday – I’ll find the time to play it.