I was born in Manchester in 1947, educated at North Manchester Grammar School and Salford Technical College where I studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry for a while before getting extremely bored with Applied Mathematics and dropping out.
I was an insurance clerk for a few years before trying my hand as a salesman, but my first love of writing kept getting me into trouble as I was often found scribbling down ideas for stories when I should have been working!
After marrying my wife Barbara in 1968 we moved to the Preston area and I obtained the post of Junior Reporter on the Garstang Courier at the ripe old age of 23.
The next 40-odd years saw me work for a number of newspapers and other publications in the Lancashire area, as well as a stint as a Press Officer and I had several short stories and freelance articles published.
I have been a reporter, feature writer, sub-editor, Editor and Group Editor and more recently an Associate Lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston where I taught Newspaper and Magazine Design to post graduate level for a number of years until budget cuts forced my final retirement.
This has, however, given me the opportunity to write full time (apart from tending my garden, that is!)
I live in the village of Chipping in Lancashire with my dear wife of more than 46 years. We have two grown-up sons, a grown-up granddaughter and three young grandsons.