I was born in 1964, graduated from Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education with a Third Class degree in creative writing, but also with College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body and the college community”. After travelling around Australia for a year, I took a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies at Thames Valley University in 1992, catalogued the private library collection of a stately home and worked as a law librarian for some years in Glasgow.
I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2002 and shortly thereafter began to take a focused interest in Drusilla the vampire, a character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wrote a quartet of fan-fiction stories (Drusilla’s Roses, Drusilla’s Redemption, Drusilla Revenant and Spike & Dru : the Graveyard of Empires) which further developed the character of Drusilla.
In 2010, I took a Buffy-themed Greyhound bus trip across America with the support of the National Autistic Society Scotland, the story of which, together with descriptions of my difficulties living as an autistic adult in a neuro-typical world, was published by Chaplin Books in 2012. On BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘A Good Read’, the former managing director of Waterstones and WH Smith, Tim Coates, described Dear Miss Landau as “the best book I’ve read for ten years.”
Dear Miss Landau has also been recorded as an audiobook, and turned into a stage musical by a highly-experienced composer and lyricist. I wrote for the Huffington Post between 2012-2017 and my second novel, The Legend of John Macnab, was published in 2015. It is the only novel in history commercially to publicize the Book of Deer, a gospel illuminated manuscript and Scottish icon arguably more important than the Stone of Destiny. An ebook compilation of all my eighty-odd blogs and articles, Differently Wired, was also published in 2018 and is available via Amazon.
Make personal appearances, Write for magazines/newspapers, Give talks and readings to adults, Give talks and readings in schools, Novelist
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