I’ve been writing since I was about 12, the same age as I began my other time wasting diversion – rock climbing. Although, back then I didn’t really know I was writing, as such, and it wasn’t for another several years that I suddenly realised I enjoyed it. Ironically the shift did not occur until I successfully escaped high school. Since then I’ve been making things up, and learning mostly by a long and arduous process of trial and error. A lot of error. I’ve had no formal training beyond reading a lot and trying various different ideas and methods to discover what works and what doesn’t. The journey has been a long one, though in every way rewarding and enjoyable.
Primarily I write adventure fantasy, though I’m also interested in converting ideas into screenplays, which is a completely different beast altogether. Currently, the more tedious aspects of living, as in providing the food and shelter part, are taken care of writing the odd article for the local climbing magazine, and working in a climbing gear shop. Eventually the grand design is to make a career out of sitting in front of a laptop, but until then, this will have to suffice.
I have lived in New Zealand all my life, the current episodes taking place in Auckland; city of ten thousand delights, and twice as many exaggerations.
In terms of influences, there have been a fair few. As many people have, I cut my teeth on Tolkien, at the same time delving into the delights of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, which taught me that whatever I do in life, I should avoid taking it too seriously.