I was born in Derby in 1971, the same year David Bowie released Hunky Dory. (This is not significant. I just happen to like Hunky Dory.) I studied English at the University of Leeds from 1991-4, majoring in medieval literature, road movies, Icelandic sagas and cheap red wine. One of these proved useful in my chosen career of publishing.

My first novel is called The Devil in the Marshalsea. It’s out in March 2014 in the UK and June 2014 in the US. I’m currently writing my author biography, which I have just finished.