Former BBC political reporter now writing suspense/thriller novels.
I was born in Northampton in 1977, I read English at Edinburgh University and on graduation in 2000 began working for BBC News in various locations in the UK. I worked on the Today programme, considered one of the most important news programmes in Britain, plus the BBC's political unit over the road from Big Ben.
I started writing Joe is Online in 2007 and it took me 3 years, although once I quit the BBC it happened a lot more quickly.
I began writing Joe is Online in 2007 having worked for BBC News during the upheaval in Iraq following the allied invasion. During this time I became interested in how the British media was censoring the carnage in Baghdad. I was also troubled by the rising Islamaphobia in Britain and other western countries. Joe is Online primarily sprang from these two sources of inspiration. At the same time I was also interested in the growing trend towards cyberterrorism perpetuated by online groups and internet jihadists.
I also became interested in the web footprint being left by ordinary people on blogs and social networks. I decided to write an epistolary novel dealing with these themes, but incorporating all kinds of online activity, much of which remains retrievable even if it appears to be deleted y its author. I realised that all of us were leaving a web footprint as we go about our daily lives, one which will be difficult to erase. Joe is Online is an attempt to illustrate this and explore its potential consequences.