At 14, my brother, a mutual friend and I decided to write a short story together, about a group of kids who meet up at their teacher’s house to play a fantasy role playing game. They come across a mirror that they purchase for their mentor. Unwittingly they discover that the mirror is a portal to the void. The children are sucked through and enter another world. Unfortunately, my brother and friend weren’t as serious about the story as I myself was. So I dropped the team act and continued to write on my own. After a feverish four weeks of scribbling in exercise books, I completed the 420 page 1st draft in several exercise books. The covers and margins were full of little sketches of the characters and maps of Kryllon. I settled on the title The Trollking.
The following year, my father paid for a home study course with the Writer’s School to help me improve my skills, whilst I continued my studies at the boarding school. I remained with the Writing School for two years, under the tutelage of the late Sydney J Bounds. Eventually, I began to write for the College’s monthly magazine on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), which gave me access to a computer. Thus began one of many rewrites of The Trollking.
In 1999, and after a short spell of teaching there, I went on to study for a BA Honours in English Studies, with Media Studies and Creative Writing at Buckinghamshire Chiltern’s University College. During this period, I wrote games reviews for the University’s student rag Intercourse and for an indy videogame retailer’s website. I graduated from University in 2002.
Since then I’ve had a number of short stories published under a few pen names. The Changeling King and Adventures of Some Kid are available in print at Amazon and on the Kindle.